Caligula and the Bludgeoned Priest

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Caligula and the Bludgeoned Priest

in Mnemosyne

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2

See Hurley 1993128 (ad loc.); cf. Brandão 2009 223 for this section as part of a larger crescendo (gradatio) in the Life. On this technique in Suetonius see e.g. Steidle 1951 56-58; Mouchová 1968 79-104; Cizek 1977 118-134; Gascou 1984 697-700; Pausch 2004 294-301; for the biographer’s use of characterizing sayings Damon 2014.

3

Woods 2012452-454. For scepticism about the historical reliability of Suetonius’ story cf. Plass 1988 68 82; Guastella 1992 212 (ad loc.): “Di questo episodio raccontato nella consueta forma generica e così privo di un qualsiasi inquadramento da sembrare francamente incredibile ancora una volta Svetonio è l’unico testimone”; also Brandão 2009 184 322. It is notably absent from two major biographies of Caligula: Barrett 1989 and Winterling 2011.

4

Woods 2012454. Nor is he the only scholar to feel the need to explain or apologize for the story’s placement; see Hurley 1993 128: “Suetonius classifies religious ritual among leisure activities (animum . . . remittenti 32.1)”; Wardle 1994 26: “within examples of saeuitia at times of relaxation at play or banquets Caligula’s murder of the cultrarius at a sacrifice seems ill chosen . . . However compared to the occasions where Suetonius orders and classifies his material consistently and appropriately his failures or apparent failures are a small problem.”

6

Reekmans 1992230; Brandão 2009 80; cf. Plass 1988 35.

8

See e.g. Hurley 1993128; also Wardle 1994 262 with bibliography. This perceived inconsistency has no doubt led to the story’s widespread dismissal.

9

See Edmondson 1992173 (on Dio 59.22.3-4); pace Saller 1980 75 and Wardle 1994 64-65 who question whether Suetonius reports the same event as Dio at Calig. 41.2 but fail to observe the evidence of 30.1.

10

Cf. Hurley 1993122 on Calig. 30.1; and generally Bradley 1978 263.

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