Originally named Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, Caligula (12-41) reigned only four years. He became seriously ill soon after his accession; it may have affected his sanity. He imagined himself a god and indulged in numerous acts of extravagance and cruelty. He was assassinated by a tribune of the guard. Ironically, it was his father's soldiers who had given him the nickname

Little Boots

Higgledy-Piggledy
Gaius Caligula,
Son of Germanicus
Named for those boots,
During his reign, which was
Ultra-tyrannical,
Punished most everyone
Deemed in cahoots.


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