This guy was just the winner, why lie…According to the ancient historians Suetonius and Flavius Josephus, although Caligula was only emperor for four years-from 37-41 CE-he certainly made quite an impression.
The adopted son of the previous emperor, Tiberius, he was initially very popular with Roman commoners. Partially, because he would spontaneously distribute gold coins to them and partially because he’d engage them with his wild, unpredictable sense of humor. But the public’s opinion of him quickly turned sour when (according to Suetonius) Caligula started cross-dressing in public, impregnated his own sister and declared war on the Greek god Poseidon.
Guess what he did next? After ordering his men to throw spears in the water and having smelled victory, he went ahead to collect his booty-chests full of worthless seashells! As if that was not enough, he capped it all off by declaring himself a god.
Evidently, all of his deranged behavior didn’t exactly sit so well with his bodyguards because they got together and decided to assassinate him not long after.