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Monday, May 29, 2017

Mystery of Emperor Caligula’s Party Ships Could Be Revealed After 2,000 Years

Caligula's luxury boats disappeared long ago, but Italian authorities are searching a lake southeast of Rome for any remains of his "orgy ships."
Italian researchers are about to reveal whether a volcanic lake in central Italy hides one of the legendary “orgy ships” of Roman Emperor Caligula.
If successful, the archaeological feat would produce one of the most extraordinary discoveries of recent times.
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (AD 12 to AD 41), best known by his nickname Caligula (Little Boots), was the third emperor of the Roman Empire.
Although there have been attempts to rehabilitate him, many historians believe he was the most lunatic, sadistic, and tyrannical emperor in Rome’s history. During his brief but wild reign from AD 37 to AD 41, he is said to have committed incest with each of his three sisters, not to mention making his favorite horse Incitatus a consul and proclaiming himself a living god.
One of his capricious whims was to have monumental ships built so that he could indulge his sexual proclivities on the scenic Lake Nemi, some 20 miles outside Rome.
The ships were most likely scuttled in a “damnatio memoriae” (an action aimed at erasing someone from history) 2,000 years ago, after the 28-year-old emperor was murdered in his palace on Rome's Palatine Hill by members of the Praetorian Guard who were enraged by his cruelty and excess.
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