Caligula

[kuh-lig-yuh-luh]
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noun

Gaius Caesar, a.d. 12–41, emperor of Rome 37–41.

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Caligula

noun

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

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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Culture definitions for caligula

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.

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