from 37 AD to 41 AD. Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty
. Caligula's father Germanicus
, the nephew and adopted
son of Emperor Tiberius
, was a very successful general and one of Rome's most beloved public figures. The young Gaius earned the nickname Caligula (meaning "little soldier's boot", the diminutive form of caliga
, n. hob-nailed military boot) from his father's soldiers while accompanying him during his campaigns in Germania
37 Caligula becomes Roman Emperor after the death of his great uncle, Tiberius.
37 The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius's will and proclaims Caligula emperor.
37 Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
41 Gaius Caesar (Caligula), known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew.
Utinam populus Romanus unam cervicem haberet!