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MIPCOM Picks 2013: “Caligula with Mary Beard”

Few rulers over the span of recorded time can match the reputation for sheer depravity enjoyed (or endured) by Roman emperor Caligula. But according to historian Mary Beard, he may not have fully deserved the bad rap.
September 1, 2013

Partners: Produced by Lion Television; distributed by All3Media International

Length: 1 x 60 minutes

Aired: July 2013 (BBC2, UK)

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding the UK

Few rulers over the span of recorded time can match the reputation for sheer depravity enjoyed (or endured) by Roman emperor Caligula. History has him earmarked as an incestuous, murderous and utterly insane dictator (after all, as the legends have it, he appointed his favorite horse, Incitatus, as a consul). But according to Mary Beard, the UK’s favorite Roman historian/telly presenter, he may not have fully deserved the bad rap. In this special, Beard attempts to separate the tall tales and rumors from the facts while offering perspective and insight into the life of the young ruler who was murdered by palace guards at the age of 28, and the society he ruled, however briefly.

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