Mr. Winterling makes many excellent observations to bolster his arguments that seem persuasive to me as a novice on this topic.
A scholarly but interestingly new approach to a fascinating topic, this accessibly written book is thought-provoking and paradigm-changing.
This book creates a plausible and highly readable account of events based upon the context of Roman society and culture of that time.
I TRULY LOVE IT, SO MUCH HAS BEING WRITTEN ABOUT THIS GREAT MAN, OR THIS MAD MAN, TAKE YOUR PICK...Published 3 months ago by DAVE
Caligula was not, as generally considered, insane but an intelligent, though cruel, administrator and politician. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gderf
The extant history of Caligula is a short list of infamous deeds. This book creates a plausible and highly readable account of events based upon the context of Roman society and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Dobran
Overall, I thought this was a very good book and offered a different point of view of Caligula. For example, he wasn't a mad man and all of his actions were done on purpose to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Greco
I read a good bit in this area and the author makes a compelling case. I have always been troubled by the portrayal of Caligula in other books, both fiction and history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas Vaughn
Very interesting book. Examines Roman political culture and inconsistencies in historical texts to build arguments Caligua was not as "mad" (mentally ill) as classic historians... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marc Thibault
A quite interesting reading for those who like Roman history. In a very well fundamented narrative, Mr Winterling develops the idea that, nonetheless a cruel despot as other Roman... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roberto Tadeu D. Almeida
If you've heard any of the stories painting Caligula as nothing but a sadistic lunatic (maybe the one about him making his favorite horse a senator or the one where he marches his... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Tyler
The advent of the History Channel's Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror underscored the need for well-considered biographies of the emperor Gaius such as the book from Aloys Winterling. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by David A. Wend