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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:21 AM

The Claudius Presidency

THE CLAUDIUS PRESIDENCY

After four years of an American Caligula, will Joe Biden bring the United States back into the international community?
FPIF (Foreign Policy In Focus) By John Feffer | February 24, 2021

During the nearly four years that he ruled over the Roman empire in the first century CE, Caligula was notorious for sexual predation and extravagant spending. Never one to sell himself short, he proclaimed early on that he was a god. He held the Senate in such contempt that he forced its high-ranking members to run alongside his chariot for miles dressed in their togas. He dismissed Virgil as a hack writer and Livy as a dispenser of fake history, and he dreamed of making his favorite horse a consul.

He was also inordinately fond of killing people, sometimes only to seize their assets. Or because he was bored, like the time at a gladiatorial contest when there were no criminals to execute during the intermission. Thinking fast, the despot ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the audience into the arena to be devoured by wild animals.

The world’s most powerful empire suffered four years of unbounded narcissism from a man with a reputation for sexual assaults and a fondness for cruelty who disparaged everyone in sight.

Sound familiar?


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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 12:38 PM

1. "...throw an entire section of the audience into the arena to be devoured by wild animals.

Are you going to the Rep Nat'l Convention?

No. I'll watch it on tv.

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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 03:55 PM

2. Very interesting discussion of history and contemporary comparisons.

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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 04:01 PM

3. Interesting but remember it was Nero who followed Claudius

Let's hope history does not repeat itself.

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 01:41 AM

4. Caligula was his nickname.

Meant "Little Boots."

His name was Gaius.

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