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Antioch shaken

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

This year, on April 9, the city of Antioch will suffer from an earthquake that will destroy much of the city. Emperor Caligula sends 2 senators there to report on the condition of the city.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Antioch during this time appears to have been a big earthquake risk. During the reign of Claudius, the successor to Caligula, Antioch will also been hit by a major earthquake.

How Long Will the Honeymoon Last?

Contributed by David Verne

In March of this year, a report comes to Rome of Tiberius dying from an illness. The people are beginning to celebrate, when a second message arrives saying that Tiberius didn't die and was recovering. Then a third report came from the Praetorian prefect, Macro, who stated that the second report was fake and Tiberius was actually dead. Macro himself had gone to confirm the emperor's death, and upon seeing Tiberius weak but recovering, smothered him with a pillow. Tiberius died at the age of 77, after ruling the Empire for 23 years. The people called for no public funeral for Tiberius and demanded that his body be thrown into the Tiber River. A formal funeral was held, but he wasn't deified by the Senate like Augustus had been. Tiberius' will stated that Caligula, who is currently 25, would rule along with another of Tiberius' grandsons, Gemellus, but Gemellus was written out of the will and killed later this year. Caligula starts his reign by cancelling the treason trials and burning all evidence in a massive bonfire, along with ordering the burial of the bodies left on the streets. He also gives bonuses to soldiers, gave tax cuts, and threw lavish games. Caligula himself indulges in wine, women, and song. The first few months of his reign went great, but it wouldn't last. Caligula fell ill in October but recovers. It was believed by ancient historians to be the beginning of Caligula's madness. Several Senators had made promises to Jupiter begging the god to take their lives instead of the emperor's; when Caligula heard about this, he forced them to commit suicide. [1]

My Take by David Verne
Tiberius will be remembered as a cruel, paranoid, debauched, and miserly tyrant. His last decade in power saw him abandon Rome and stay hidden in his villa on the island of Capri. He was a good administrator and will leave the treasury overflowing. It will be interesting to see how fast Caligula blows through that reserve. I don't think Caligula's sickness was the cause of his madness, but it makes a convenient dividing line between the Caligula who the people of Rome lined the streets 20 miles out to see, and the insane, hedonistic madman who has just inherited the throne.

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References

  1. Duncan, Mike (June 21, 2009). To the Tiber with Tiberius: The History of Rome.

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