Caligula by Allan Massie – book cover, description, publication history. Caligula by Allan Massie Nero by Edward Champlin If we know more about the emperor, and Massie gives us this knowledge in the. In his fifth imperial chronicle, Allan Massie sides with Camus in positing Caligula as an existentialist who laughed darkly into the bloody void.
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Preview — Caligula by Allan Massie. Caligula Emperors 4 by Allan Massie. Was Caligula not so bad after all? In the bestselling tradition of his Roman Quartet, Allan Massie takes on one of the most notorious Roman emperors.
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Caligula (Emperors, #4) by Allan Massie
I enjoyed its study in paranoia and the sympathy that Caligula evokes in the biographer. Worth the time I invested in reading it. Mar 19, Gumble’s Yard rated it liked it Shelves: By contrast to many of the other books this one makes links to the other books in the series: Further we see someone who unlike his predecessors is prepared to interpret things such as his divine status and jassie absolute power he has been granted literally and to test them to their limits.
However we also see someone forever seeking satisfaction in sex and the arbitrary execution of power but never finding it. Aug 04, Brent Morrison rated it liked it. I love historical fiction, and this character is one who is usually portrayed in quite one dimensional fashion.
Still, he is simply such a spoiled, self centered sociopath that the narrator character got on my nerves many times with his apologist inner speeches.
Let’s face it, Caligula was a completely horrible human being. It seems that his entire family were the sort of ‘dynasty’ that would have made the Roman Empire I love historical fiction, and this character is one who is usually portrayed in quite one dimensional fashion. It seems that his entire family were the sort of ‘dynasty’ that would have made the Roman Empire a better place mxssie by their absence.
Agrippina, his sister, was an especially disgusting example of Roman degeneracy and immorality.
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Makes a person wonder just how so many despicable people have managed to gain power, and then retain it for even a small amount of time. Shows just how much sheeple are capable of enduring before they eventually decide enough is enough? Anyhow, it is at least nice to now have a somewhat more accurate picture of this one Roman leader, with the only version I had so far ever really seen being that abominable mess that Penthouse magazine’s Guccionne was responsible for back in the late 70s, which was nothing but an excuse to parade a bunch of his ‘Pets’ across the screen nude.
This at least seemed to have a bit of historical accuracy. But then knowing what history really is, who can say. May 04, Deb rated it really liked it. Alan Massie has a very engaging way of writing history. In this book he attempts to be sympathetic to Caligula, from teh perspective of someone who was close to him. That person is never clearly identified, although I tried to guess if it was a real historical figure but never felt satisfied.
And this is not explained in the book. I enjoyed the read, but I never felt exactly about the author’s attempt to sympathize with Caligula.
And based on other histories I’ve read, he leaves out a lot of the Alan Massie has a very engaging way of writing history. And based on other histories I’ve read, he leaves out a lot of the more gruesome facts about Caligula’s behavior. If the man was not insane, he was at least sociopathic. But Massie never owns up to this, nor does he give us the details of Caligula’s corrupting influences, i.
Lots of details were avoided in order to explain Caligula more symptathetically. Still a good read. Oct 09, Clara rated it really liked it. Dec 17, Ilana rated it did not like it. I did not realize what was the purpose of writing this book, after all Dec 09, Aarti added it.
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Allan Massie is a well-known Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist. He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels. He is notable for writing about the distant past. Other maszie in the series. Books by Allan Massie. Trivia About Caligula Emperor No trivia or quizzes calivula. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.