History : Jul-Aug 2016
“A ROMAN EMPEROR,” AN 1871 PAINTING BY LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA, DEPICTS THE DISCOVERY OF CALIGULA’S BODY. WALTERS ART GALLERY, BALTIMORE 1 The Ladies Look On Some women have sneaked into the imperial palace to watch the bloody scene unfold from a corner. 1 2 4 3 2 Soldiers Cheering The soldiers who have participated in the murder of Caligula raise their weapons to salute the new emperor. 3 The Battle of Actium The painting depicts the victory of Augustus over Mark Antony, paving the way for Rome’s transformation into an empire. 4 The Dead Tyrant His protruding green boots allude to the nickname he was given as a boy: “little boot,” or in Latin: Caligula. THE EMPEROR IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!