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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 11:48 AM

 

Donald Trump has 'fascinating parallels' with Caligula, says historian

He has not yet made a horse his running mate, but Donald Trump can be compared to one of the most notorious of all Roman emperors, Caligula, according to best-selling historian Tom Holland.

Holland told the Hay festival there were fascinating parallels between the actions and success of Trump and what was going on in Rome 2,000 years ago.
Caligula has gone down in history as one of the maddest and baddest of all Roman emperors, a name synonymous with the worst excesses of absolute power.

But there was more to the story of Caligula, Holland said. He is not quite the psychopath of popular imagination and we can see similarities between what is happening now and then. What is known for sure about Caligula, Holland said, is that he had a great love of spectacle and dressing up; and he enjoyed hurting and humiliating people.

The young Caligula spent six years on the island of Capri, where he often directed and appeared in spectacular pornographic tableaux for his great uncle, the emperor Tiberius – a man it was said, who enjoyed having swimming boys nibble at his private parts.
When Tiberius died Caligua left for Rome where his excessive tastes “were translated on to the most public stage of all – the imperial capital.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/01/donald-trump-has-fascinating-parallels-with-caligula-says-historian

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elmac Feb 2017 OP
50 Shades Of Blue Feb 2017 #1
Zoonart Feb 2017 #2
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2017 #5
Zoonart Feb 2017 #6
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2017 #7
democratisphere Feb 2017 #3
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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 11:50 AM

1. ::::Fingers crossed::::

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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 12:07 PM

2. You mean like this?

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 02:37 PM

5. Which movie is this, pls.?

Never mind..found it....Caligua 1979.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 03:09 PM

6. From the Interview in the Hollywood Reporter

Alex Simon:How were the producers able to get this amazing cast (McDowell, Helen Mirren, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole) for what turned out to be an epic hardcore porn flick?

Malcom McDowell: What attracted us all to it was a script by Gore Vidal. What happened was, when Bob Guccione, the Penthouse magazine founder who produced the film, shot all this hardcore footage two years after the film had been completed and then spliced it in. I mean, it was absurd, because the footage didn’t even match much of the time. There would be a shot of me smiling, looking at what as supposed to be my horse or something, and then suddenly they’d cut to two lesbians making out! It was just awful! Vidal had his name removed from the film, but of course none of the cast could do that, because there we were, up on the screen. But on the positive side, I got to work with Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud, and Helen Mirren again. But needless to say, we were all pretty appalled by the final product.

I remember seeing Malcom on a late night show where he told a funny story about the first screening of the film attended by himself, Gielgud, O'Toole at al, and afterwards they were all stunned in the lobby and Gielgud was saying..." I can't believe I'm in a porno. They were all pretty much in shock until O'Toole suggested they all get drunk. LOL

Probably more than you wanted to know.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 03:51 PM

7. Netflix has it...I'll be watching it soon..heh heh n/t

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 12:19 PM

3. Won't be long untill drumpf is wearing a crown and bathrobe while carrying a scepter.

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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 12:28 PM

4. Little Boots then,

Little Hands, now.


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