Gaius Caligula is known as the mad emperor, the one who made his horse a consul. He was violent and vicious, a murderer and guilty of committing incest with his sisters. Yet, when he succeeded the aged recluse Tiberius, the Romans were delighted and for a few months at least he seemed generous and enlightened. So what went wrong? Why was he murdered after a reign of only four years? Is the conventional picture true or false: was he mad and evil or the victim of circumstance and rumour? Is it possible to take a sympathetic view of Caligula...and is it possible to make sense of him? In his compelling new novel Allan Massie peels back the mask of the monster of popular myth to expose the young emperor as a real man and explore the truth of his brief but tempestuous reign.
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Allan Massie is an award-winning novelist, the author of several non-fiction books and an historian and journalist. He was brought up in Aberdeenshire and educated in Glenalmond and at Cambridge, but it was while living in Rome for some years that he developed his interest in Roman history that led to the writing of his series of novels set in the Rome of the emperors. He lives in the Scottish Borders and writes for the Daily Telegraph and the Scotsman.Review:
'Caligula is an impressive addition to a sequence of novels that in their sustained interest and detailed recreation of a society at once alien and familiar must rank as one of the most important historical chronicles in contemporary fiction.' -- Barry Unsworth, Spectator
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