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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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  • Occupied with their Dead, their feeling towards common flesh and blood is the feeling of Caligula.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • Caligula was staring at the girl as he would on some unearthly shape.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • But before Petronius' letter was in the hands of the emperor, Caligula's intentions had been frustrated by Agrippa.

  • Caligula himself led the way to the triclinium and Dea Flavia followed him.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Not far off, between Puteoli and Baiae, Caligula performed some foolish stunt of his on a bridge of boats.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed
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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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