By Sam Wilkinson
Sam Wilkinson presents an obtainable creation to the reign of Caligula, some of the most arguable of the entire Roman Emperors. Caligula's rules have usually been interpreted to be these of a wicked tyrant. This learn presents a reassessment of this debatable reign via scrutinising the traditional literary assets which are so opposed to Caligula, and by way of interpreting the reasoning at the back of the regulations he enforced. Key themes mentioned contain: * Caligula's youth and accession to energy* Caligula's dating with the Senate* how a ways Caligula's family and international regulations might be judged to be a hit* why Caligula used to be assassinated in advert forty-one, purely 4 years after his accession to power.With a consultant to basic and secondary assets, a chronology and a close thesaurus, Caligula is a useful learn of the reign of this interesting Emperor.
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Then, during the reign of Tiberius, the governor of the Upper Rhine, Gaetulicus, let things slip. The German tribes were making inroads into Gaul and Gaetulicus could not control the aggressive German incursions. In ad 39 there was a danger that the whole of the south of Britain under Verica could be overrun by anti-Roman forces, and so it was a strategic time for action in both areas. An aggressive frontier policy against Germany with a view to securing the area 41 42 FOREIGN POLICY would pave the way for an invasion of Britain by securing its ﬂank.
The anecdotes of trapping his own men, running away at the ﬁrst sign of the enemy and dressing up Gauls as Germans are highly unlikely when one looks at the context of the passages. If Gaius had campaigned with such ineptitude and not only insulted the soldiers by commanding them to pick up shells but also attempted the massacre of his own men, having just killed a very popular commander for no good reason other than his popularity, then surely Gaius would not have come back from the north alive – such a version of events is ridiculous.
Dio then returns to events on the ocean’s edge and describes Gaius drawing up his soldiers on a beach, embarking on a trireme, returning, placing himself on a lofty platform and then giving the order to pick up shells. C. 3). There are similarities in the two sources: both agree the march north was in haste, both show the campaign as a farce and mention the punishment of certain people. Importantly, both claim nothing major was achieved. 4 There are certain facts which set an important backdrop for the expedition to the Rhine.