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Emperor Caligula
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Third Roman emperor, reigned March 18, ad 37–January 24, ad 41. “Caligula” was a nickname (from the Latin for “little boots”) given to him as a boy by the soldiers under the command of his father Germanicus. His full name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. The Bible does not directly mention him, but his actions indirectly affected events in the New Testament.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Caligula, Emperor
Caligula, Emperor (ad 12–41). Third Roman emperor, reigned March 18, ad 37–January 24, ad 41. “Caligula” was a nickname (from the Latin for “little boots”) given to him as a boy by the soldiers under the command of his father Germanicus. His full name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. The
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Caligula (Emperor)
CALIGULA (EMPEROR). Gaius (Caligula) was born in 12 c.e. and was the third son of the Roman military leader Germanicus and Agrippina the elder (Suet. Claud. 8). As a young boy he accompanied his parents on the German frontier and the soldiers nicknamed him “Caligula” for the miniature military boots
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Caligula
Caligula (Lat. Caligula)Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. Born 31 August 12 c.e. at Antium, ca. 40 km. (25 mi.) S of Rome, to Germanicus, nephew of Tiberius, he was nicknamed Caligula (“Bootkins”) by mutinous Rhine legionaries in 14. Although Tiberius had his mother and two brothers killed for conspiracy,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Caligula
Caligula. [kə lĭgˊyə lə].† Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, the son of Germanicus and Agrippina Major, and the great-grandson of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. He received this nickname (“little boot”) because of his upbringing in a military camp in Germany where his father was commander of the Rhine
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Caligula
Calig′ula. A Roman emperor; so called because he wore a military sandal called a caliga, which had no upper leather, and was used only by the common soldiers. (12, 37–41.)“ ‘The word caligæ, however,’ continued the Baron … ‘means, in its primitive sense, sandals; and Caius Cæsar … received the cognomen
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
CALIGULA
CALI′GULA, the third in the series of Roman emperors, reigned from a. d. 37 to a. d. 41. His real name was Caius Caesar, and he received that of Caligula in the camp, from caligae, the foot dress of the common soldiers, when he was yet a boy with his father in Germany. As emperor, however, he was always
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Caius (1)
CAIUS (1). The reign of this emperor (a.d. 37–41), better known by the sobriquet of Caligula, had perhaps an indirect influence on the growth of the Christian church. It was shortly after his accession that the persecution which had originated in the preaching of Stephen, and which had been so relentless
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Caligula
Caligula kuh-lig′yuh-luh. Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, nicknamed Caligula (“Little Boots”) by the soldiers of the Rhine, was born to Germanicus and Agrippina in a.d. 12. After his father’s death in 19 and his mother’s arrest in 29, he lived with his uncle, the aging Tiberius. After the death of his
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Caligula
CaligulaGaius Caligula (a.d. 37–41) was Rome’s fourth emperor, preceded by Julius Caesar (48–44 b.c.), Augustus (31 b.c.a.d. 14), and Tiberius (a.d. 14–37). Gaius was the son of Tiberius’s nephew Germanicus, a popular commander-in-chief of the Roman army of the Rhine. As a little boy, Gaius lived at