By Stephen Barber, Jeremy Reed
Caligula: such a lot infamous of the Roman Emperors, who married his personal sister, put in a horse within the Roman Senate, became his palace right into a brothel, tortured and killed blameless voters on a whim, and devoted numerous different acts of insanity, cruelty and deviancy.
Award-winning writers Stephen Barber and Jeremy Reed record in complete the atrocities of Caligula and likewise the opposite mad Emperors, fairly Commodus-villain of the new Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator-and Heliogabalus, the teenage ambisexual "sun-god" whose arch-decadent proclivities might centuries later motivate Antonin Artaud to eulogise him in prose. The ebook additionally features a visceral historical past of the Gladiatorial Games.
Caligula: Divine Carnage is a list of transvestism, treachery, incest, torture, slaughter and perversity delivered to existence with fabulous authorial ability, making it a bright and crucial ancient record of murderous decadence.
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He spent the entire summer of AD 40 in one of his many lavish villas outside Rome, rigorously preparing to be a god. " On his return journey, he had carefully art to him. In a final ceremony, they formed a circle around the emperor and, incanting strange invocations in many tongues, they infused his naked body with all of their arcane powers, so that it radiated golden jets of fire from every orifice. After that, Caligula commanded the greatest philosophers of the Empire to assemble at his bedside and impart to him their most hidden and deepest wisdom; this encounter proved less successful, since Caligula was resistant to hearing banalities such as "the spirit and the body are one" being spouted, and he finally grew exasperated and ordered his bodyguards to jam white-hot pokers up the philosophers' anuses.
Since now that they laws to had given Caligula absolute power, they had no spent all their time discussing what colours the make and Senate's meeting hall should be redecorated in. Soon, however, the senators had been tired out by the inexorable sessions copulation, which were interrupted only when Caligula left <>f the sexual amphitheatre to go and watch the gladiatorial atrocities and other blood-sodden massacres in the nearbv arena. One 01 the most well-endowed senators. Valerius Catalhis. famousl) commented that he had been forced to hugger the emperor M often that he had totally worn himself out in doing SO.
One of the blows sliced through Caligula's well-worn sexual organs, pulping them instantaneously. was over. For The reign of the third Julio-Claudian emperor a minute, everyone in the amphitheatre looked on in decapitated and steaming body of the former emperor sprawled alongside the performance stage, and his severed head resting upright in a spreading pool of blood on the altar. The Roman Empire now appeared poised on the precipice of many millennia of uncontrollable uproar and anarchy that would engulf the entire known world.