Critique of Barrett's book on Caligula Analytical Essay

Critique of Barrett's book on Caligula
This is a critique of Anthony Barrett's book " The Corruption of Power."
# 4599 | 1,385 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 20, 2002 in History (Greek and Roman) , History (Leaders) , English (Argument) , English (Analysis)

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This paper is a critical review of the book, "The Corruption of Power." It looks at the author's thesis that Caligula's corruption was not his own fault, and that ancient historians tainted his reputation, and that his life was never analyzed fairly. The paper shows how this thesis was not entirely true, and how eventually, everyone had to acknowledge the deadly evil and violence that came to be associated with Caligula's rule.

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"Caligula also did hideous and crazy things to mostly innocent, household people. "Many men of decent family were branded at his command, and sent down the mines, or put to work on the roads, or thrown to the wild beasts" (Suetonius, 167). One of the worst things that Caligula ever did, and his favorite, was "inflict numerous small wounds; and his familiar order. Make him feel that he is dying!" soon became proverbial(Suetonius, 169). Actions such as these led to numerous conspiracies against Caligula."

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