Caligula

[ kuh-lig-yuh-luh ]
/ kəˈlɪg yə lə /

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for caligula

Caligula
/ (kəˈlɪɡjʊlə) /

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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Cultural 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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