Curses and ill-fated prophecies are usually reserved for Biblical stories and tomb raiders, but the plans and construction of the Corinth Canal seems to have been cursed from the start. The ancient Greek philosopher Apollonius of Tyana (15-100 CE) prophesied that ill would befall anyone who proposed to dig a Corinthian canal and, unfortunately, he was right.
Three Roman rulers considered the idea but all suffered violent deaths. The Roman dictator Julius Caesar considered digging a canal through the isthmus but was assassinated before he could commence the project. Next, Caligula had interest in the idea but got no further as he too was assassinated. Finally emperor Nero was the first to actually attempt to construct the canal, personally breaking the ground with a pickaxe in 67 CE, but the project was abandoned when he died shortly afterwards.
The idea of the canal was revived after Greece gained formal independence from the Ottoman Empire in the early 1800s but it continued to prove too costly. However, even its completion in 1893, financial and operational difficulties continued for decades. Disruption caused by the First and Second World Wars produced further problems as did the heavily faulted unstable nature of the sedimentary rock along the canal’s walls.
Although the Corinth Canal saves traveler 700 kilometers (430 mile) by cutting through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters and is now used mainly for tourist traffic.
And not in a good way. He was literally insane, and he was an absolute tyrant. He’s my favourite Roman emperor, just because he’s so interesting
His father was a military hero, and he spent the first few years of his life on an army camp, where he paraded around wearing this mini-military uniform his mother made (which is where he got his name- “Caligula” meaning “little boot”). The soldiers basically worshipped him.
As a teenager, he was called before Tiberius (who was a complete tyrant in his own right, and supposedly killed members of Caligula’s family) on the island of Capri, where he was forcibly adopted and as a result of how well he was treated he supposedly developed Stockholm Syndrome (though this is subject to debate). He held an undying hatred for Tiberius but was forced to show respect, so took out his anger on others and enjoyed watching executions and torture, and frequently indulged in orgies
TIBERIUS THOUGHT HE WAS MAD. TIBERIUS.
He gains absolute power of the Roman Empire at the 24- spent the last 5 years watching Tiberius murder, rape, and torture innocents for his own pleasure. So it’s fair to say he’s pretty messed up. He starts off by obliterating unpopular tax and literally giving away money- thus winning the adoration of the citizens. Then, seemingly overnight, he becomes a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath.
Early in his reign, he fell ill and spent a considerably period of time on the verge of death. Following most of his recovery, he still suffered major headaches and sometimes wandered round his palace in the dead of night, and started cross-dressing
During his illness, one man offered his life in exchange for Caligula’s recovery. When he recovered, Caligula sought out this man and had him sacrificed.
He called banquets, raped the female guests, then brought them back to the table to discuss the rape with the other guests
HE DECLARED WAR ON THE GODS. Hence why he had the army fight Poseidon.
He would make parents watch the executions of their children
He held dinner parties for highly-regarded Roman citizens, during which he would order the executions of criminals between courses and- while his guests were dining- he would rape their wives in the room next door
He appointed a horse as a consul. I’ll say that again. HE NAMED A HORSE A CONSUL. He had said horse attended to by 18 servants and fed it oats mixed with gold flakes
He names himself a living God
He his reign lasted four years, before he was stabbed to death. He did all that in four years.
I’M SORRY I JUST REALLY LOVE ROMAN HISTORY OK
Also when he would throw house parties he would hide wild animal like lions in random rooms and made people tour his house by themselves and they would be eaten if they opened the wrong door
(just so you know I did a huge project about him in history)
A lot of this was written by very biased political critics of the ages. You should take it with a grain of salt because you never know what was just fabricated by history.
That being said Caligula was supposedly in love with his sister and had her named a goddess after she died.
go-emperor-caligula-of-rome-hh said: Hi, my name is mypage4sure, well that's my main blog, my name is Joy my real name, and not sure if you know a show called horrible histories, it's a historical comedy sketch show, and their do have skeches on Caligula, found a horrible histories RP, and now I role play as Caligula, who in this version is a mix of the actual Caligula, and the HH Caligula, I got into him before I saw the show, I think Caligula is mentally unstable but not as much as the suetonius wrote.
I’m a big Horrible Histories fan myself! Part of the reason I began to love the guy is how he’s portrayed on the show.
If you’re interested in the topic, I recommend reading either of the popular biographies out there for more information- both Winterling’s and Barrett’s are fabulous! I believe there’s a National Geographic or History Channel special out there that discusses possible illnesses he may have had. :)
Caligula was the third Roman emperor, who reigned from 37 AD until his assassination in 41 AD. Caligula is notorious for being described as one of the ‘worst Roman emperors’, for he became a very cruel leader. It is also possible that after recovering from an illness seven months into his reign, his became mad; Suetonius describes how he intended to make his horse consul, insisted on being treated like a god, and was incestuous with his three sisters. He was assassinated in 41 AD by the Praetorian Guard, his wife Caesonia, and their daughter, at the age of 29.
He and Tiberius inherited Augustus’ empire, but Tiberius was a dick and no one liked him, and Germanicus was awesome and everyone loved him. He negotiated peace between the Roman Empire and the Parthians. They were like ancient enemies, and then Germanicus went in there and was all cool and the Parthians were like ‘omg you are so cool here take Armenia you deserve it, and also here’s the banners we stole from you generations ago, omg you the best we love you!’ and he was just a cool dude all around, and he brought his son on campaign with him and let him dress up in his army sandals (his caligae) and everyone called his son “l’il bootykins’ and EVERYONE LOVED GERMANICUS HE WAS JUST THE COOLEST DUDE
But then he got POISONED because ancient Rome was a bitch if you were attractive and successful and not the emperor.
Then his son grew up to be one of the craziest emperors, so shit.
I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the heavens. Although I have taken the form of Gaius Caligula, I am all men as I am no man and so I am a god.
Caligula inherited from Tiberius an aristocracy in a state of paranoia. Even inanimate objects excited suspicion, from the false ceilings where informers lurked to the fruit that must be politely declined. Into this world his educators propelled a young emperor trained never to giggle, never to fall asleep. He was like a new building, Philo says, “destruction-proof”. But in no time he was shifting the foundations himself, raking up an old election ground to provide a lake for mock naval battles, turning his dead sister into an Eastern goddess and inviting nervous courtiers to adjudicate between himself and the statue of Jupiter Capitolinus. The stories became wilder. He started boasting that the moon goddess visited him in bed; he said he wished the Roman people had only one neck, all the tidier to sever.