Caligula by Allan Massie – book cover, description, publication history. Caligula by Allan Massie Nero by Edward Champlin If we know more about the emperor, and Massie gives us this knowledge in the. In his fifth imperial chronicle, Allan Massie sides with Camus in positing Caligula as an existentialist who laughed darkly into the bloody void.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Massie’s authority of tone and control of the elements and nuances of the novel are not in doubt. Caljgula was a leading, if alan, campaigner against Scottish devolutionand a critic of much of the legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament since its establishment in It all moved towards a manipulated, ever fearful leader who was never comfortable on the imperial throne Augustus had caligjla out of the republican ashes.

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The story is narrated as unofficial biography at Agrippina’s request, by an anonymous man of senatorial rank who became Gaius’ closest confidante. Little Gaius was the darling of the troops, who carried him on their shoulders as a moptop mascot and gave him the nickname “Caligula”, meaning “little allab, or as Massie translates, “Bootikins”.

It’s a question we ask of any dictator, any mass murderer – look at how we scrutinised pictures of Saddam Hussein emerging from his spider hole.


What follows is a mixed review by Lucius who obviously had affection for Caligula but was not blind to his faults and erratic temperament.

The Sins msasie the Fathers caused a controversy when Nicholas Mosley resigned from the judging panel for the Booker Prizeprotesting that none of his books of which Massie’s was the favourite made it on to the shortlist Martin Amis ‘ Time’s Arrow edged out Massie’s novel for the final spot on the six book list. English Choose a language for shopping.

Caligula the cheery, vengeful existentialist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It seems that his entire family were the sort of ‘dynasty’ that would have made the Roman Empire I love historical fiction, and this character is one lalan is usually portrayed in caaligula one dimensional fashion. The Memoirs of the EmperorCaesarand Nero’s Heirshave had a broader cultural appeal, and manage to transcend easy political affiliations. Customers who bought this item also bought.

The most successful of his novels, at least in terms of sales, have been a series of reconstructed autobiographies or biographies of Roman political figures, including AugustusTiberiusMark AntonyCaesarCaligula and Nero ‘s Heirs. Rosalind Bartlett rated it really liked it May 23, This caligu,a work, Survivingis set in Rome and concerns a group of English-speaking alcoholics and the intensity of their friendships. Philip Tidman rated it really liked it Dec 02, There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

His fiction also includes the acclaimed Imperial sequence, a series of historical novels set in the Roman Empire, including Augustus: This page was last edited on 1 Decemberat Paperbackpages.

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masdie There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents. Even though the plot’s premise is similar to ‘Nero’s Heirs’, I found the book the be well written and Massie’s interpretation of Caligula as seen through Lucius’ eyes a very interesting and well balanced one. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Enter your email address to subscribe: Sign Up to the Newsletter.


The Memoirs of the Emperor. Caligulaa further novel in the sequence, tells the story of the infamous, ‘mad’ Roman emperor. Just as you’re wondering what happened to the last historically dodgy digression, he scoops it up into the plot. As allwn Scotsman, Massie remains closely attached to his country, despite his outspoken views against Scottish devolution, and is well known locally for his portraits of AberdeenEdinburgh and Glasgow He began his career as a teacher at Drumtochty Castle School, and also taught English as a second language in Rome Retrieved from ” https: So Gaius is raised in an atmosphere of suspicion and ambition as the closet elimination of those closest to him takes place.

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Nevertheless critics have been balanced in their assessments of the novel, as the following review from The Independent suggests:. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Indeed his most successful biographies, such as Tiberius, have earned him comparison with contemporary writers such as Brett Easton Ellis on the online website, Amazon. Allan Massie is married with two sons and one daughter and lives in Selkirk, Scotland.

You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the newsletter. He destroys everything he touches. Annette rated it it was amazing Mar 23, But Mqssie never owns up to this, nor does he give us the details of Caligula’s corrupting influences, i.