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[kuh-lig-yuh-luh] /kəˈlɪg yə lə/
(Gaius Caesar) a.d. 12–41, emperor of Rome 37–41. Unabridged
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  • Soon after, the mighty menaces of Caligula against them ended in mockery and derision.

  • Compared with this little fairy, a Nero, a Caligula was a veritable philanthropist.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • It is worthy of being placed between the heads of Caligula and Nero.

  • You know the prince: he has more whims and freaks than Caligula.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • The daughter of the Roman emperor Caligula was as cruel as her father.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
British Dictionary definitions for Caligula


original name Gaius Caesar, son of Germanicus. 12–41 ad, Roman emperor (37–41), noted for his cruelty and tyranny; assassinated
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Word Origin and History for Caligula

cognomen of the third Roman emperor (12 C.E.-41 C.E.), born Gaius Caesar. The nickname is Latin, literally "little boot," given when he joined his father on military campaigns when still a toddler, in full, child-sized military gear; diminutive of caliga "heavy military shoe," of unknown origin.

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Caligula in Culture
Caligula [(kuh-lig-yuh-luh)]

A cruel and insane ruler of the Roman Empire in the first century a.d.; one of the twelve Caesars. To humiliate the senators of Rome, he appointed his horse to the senate.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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