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Why were the actions of Caligula regarded as excessive? Why was such behaviour important in the evaluation of an emperor’s image?
When Caligula took the title of emperor of Rome, the population of that vast empire felt that a new dawn was emerging. Here was someone with youth on his side to reign over them, by contrast after the aged Tiberius.
Because of his earlier travels with them on their campaigns, he had the loyalty of the troops, which was always important in a militarist empire.
But the biggest thing he had going for him was his direct family contact with the revered Augustus, Caligula through his mother was the great grandson of the man and his reign was hoped to take them back to what was already become to b...
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