Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Famous Dreamers - Caligula's 'Assassination' Dream

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (12 – 41 AD) - commonly known as ‘Caligula’, meaning ‘little soldier’s boot’- was a Roman Emperor (and member of the house of rulers known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty) from 37 - 41 AD. 

Caligula was considered a harsh and perverted leader and ubsequently, Caligula was the recipient of many failed conspiracies to ‘dethrone’ or kill him. At the age of 28, Caligula finally met his fat,e having been assassinated by three men under the guidance of the Praetorian Guard led by Cassius Chaerea, the Senate, army, and equestrian order. Claudius, Caligula’s uncle, became his successor.

The night before his murder, Caligula relayed a dream in which he saw himself standing before the throne of Jupiter. This planet was held in high esteem by Romans in terms of religious value as Jupiter (or Jove) was seen as king of all the Gods, comparable to the earlier Ancient Greek deity, Zeus. In the dream Caligula observed himself being rejected by Jove via this God kicking him down to Earth. This was seen as a premonition of his death.

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