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Caligula, Caius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman emperor, was born in the year 12 A.D. at Antium, and was the youngest son of Germanicus and Agrippina. He was brought up partly among the soldiers commanded by his father on the Rhine, and nicknamed Caligula from the soldiers boots, caliga; he wore. Succeeding Tiberius in 37, he at first became popular by his generosity and the mildness of his rule. Soon, however, after an illness brought on by excesses, he became a monster of cruelty and lust. He carried on incestuous intercourse with his sister Drusilla, and while dining would have victims tortured and slain in his presence. He made love to the Moon, believed himself to be Jove's brother, and gave other distinct tokens of insanity. So unbearable did his cruelties become that a band of conspirators assassinated him in 41.