Tuesday, January 24, 2006


This Day in Ancient History

On this day in 41 AD, virtually insane 28 year old Emperor Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, known as Caligula (which means little army sandle--don't ask), was assassinated during the Palantine Games. His lame, stuttering uncle, Claudius was selected as his successor.

Also this is the birthdate, in 76 AD, of the good Emperor Hadrian, under whose rule Rome reaches nearly its zenith with all of Trajan's conquests solidly consolidated into the Empire. Hadrian rules for more than 20 years and is remembered for the wall that bears his name, built across the top of England to keep the nasty, blue Picts out.

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