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Caligula

Douglas Jackson

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the third Roman Emperor, is better known by another name: Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. His reign was marked by excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see – men and animals killed in their hundreds – conspiracies, assassination attempts and sexual scandal. Rufus as a young slave grows up far from the corruption of the imperial court. His master is a trainer of animals for the gladiatorial arena. Rufus discovers that he has a natural ability with animals, a talent for controlling and schooling them. It is at the arenas that Rufus meets his great friend Cupido, one of Rome’s greatest gladiators. It is his growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido that attracts the cruel gaze of the Emperor. Caligula wants a keeper for the imperial elephant and Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace. Life here is dictated by Caligula’s ever shifting moods. Caligula is as generous as he is cruel, he is a megalomaniac who declares himself a living god and simultaneously lives in constant fear of the plots against his life. But his paranoia is not misplaced, intrigue permeates his court, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the centre of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the third Roman Emperor, is better known by another name: Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. His reign was marked by excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see – men and animals killed in their hundreds – conspiracies, assassination attempts and sexual scandal. Rufus as a young slave grows up far from the corruption of the imperial court. His master is a trainer of animals for the gladiatorial arena. Rufus discovers that he has a natural ability with animals, a talent for controlling and schooling them. It is at the arenas that Rufus meets his great friend Cupido, one of Rome’s greatest gladiators. It is his growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido that attracts the cruel gaze of the Emperor. Caligula wants a keeper for the imperial elephant and Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace. Life here is dictated by Caligula’s ever shifting moods. Caligula is as generous as he is cruel, he is a megalomaniac who declares himself a living god and simultaneously lives in constant fear of the plots against his life. But his paranoia is not misplaced, intrigue permeates his court, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the centre of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.
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Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the third Roman Emperor, is better known by another name: Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. His reign was marked by excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see – men and animals killed in their hundreds – conspiracies, assassination attempts and sexual scandal. Rufus as a young slave grows up far from the corruption of the imperial court. His master is a trainer of animals for the gladiatorial arena. Rufus discovers that he has a natural ability with animals, a talent for controlling and schooling them. It is at the arenas that Rufus meets his great friend Cupido, one of Rome’s greatest gladiators. It is his growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido that attracts the cruel gaze of the Emperor. Caligula wants a keeper for the imperial elephant and Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace. Life here is dictated by Caligula’s ever shifting moods. Caligula is as generous as he is cruel, he is a megalomaniac who declares himself a living god and simultaneously lives in constant fear of the plots against his life. But his paranoia is not misplaced, intrigue permeates his court, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the centre of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Russell Boulter

Length:

11h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

27:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

34:17