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Greenlit: Caligula, BBC2

Caligula  w/t (1 x 60′)  –  Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus – better known as Caligula.

Caligula has become known as Rome’s most capricious tyrant, and the stories told about him are some of the most extraordinary told about any Roman emperor. He was said to have made his horse a consul, proclaimed himself a living God and indulged in scandalous orgies and not to mention his construction of vast bridges across land and sea, prostituting senators’ wives and killing half the Roman elite seemingly on a whim. All in just four short years in power, before a violent and speedy assassination in a back alley of his own palace when he was 29 years old.

But how much of his story is true? Travelling across the Roman world, from Germany and Capri in the bay of Naples to the astonishing luxury of his life in imperial Rome, Mary Beard attempts to peel away some of the myths and delve through surviving evidence – from trial documents covering the mysterious death of his father when he was seven years old to the records of his imperial slaves – to paint the real portrait of Caligula.

Channel: BBC2

Producer: Lion TV

TX: TBC

Source: BBC press release

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