Did Caligula really make his horse a lawmaker of Rome?

Or was he just horsing around...?

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Did Caligula really make his horse a lawmaker of Rome?

Incitatus, favourite horse of Emperor Caligula, allegedly lived in a grand marble house. We are told that Caligula loved him so much that he wanted to make him a consul (lawmaker).

Later writers were keen to demonise Caligula, describing him as pure evil, so it is difficult to know whether he really meant it.

Caligula was not the most balanced of emperors, but the belief may stem from the line “my horse could do a better job than you” or from the view that he loved his horse more than he did the Roman mob.

Image credit: Getty

 

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