He is the very model of a mad Roman emperor. The story that Caligula made his favourite horse, Incitatus, a consul has long tickled our imaginations.
Did Caligula make his horse a consul of Rome?
The most famous story about Incitatus is that Caligula made him a consul in the Roman Senate. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Records say Caligula wanted to appoint his equestrian bud to the Senate, but he was assassinated before he could make it happen.
Which Roman emperor slept with a horse?
Caligula is arguably the most notorious Roman Emperor in history. Renowned as a sexual deviant and a murderous lunatic rumours have persisted for centuries that he made his horse a member of the senate and slept with or killed every member of his own family.
Why were the Romans suspicious of the Christians?
Although it is often claimed that Christians were persecuted for their refusal to worship the emperor, general dislike for Christians likely arose from their refusal to worship the gods or take part in sacrifice, which was expected of those living in the Roman Empire.
Who was the longest serving Roman emperor?
1. Augustus (September 63 BC – 19 August, 14 AD) At the top of the list is a very obvious choice – the founder of the Roman Empire himself, Augustus, who has the longest reign of 41 years from 27 BC to 14 AD.