Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Caligula): from illness to madness

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus nicknamed Caligula (12 BC-AD 41) was emperor of the Roman Empire for four years (AD 37-41).
He had a difficult childhood, watching his father, the Emperor Tiberius, die. He presented probably generalized epileptic seizures, was impulsive and enjoyed all kinds of privileges. He started his government with some successful measures, but after an illness that was possibly encephalitis, his behavior changed significantly, becoming irritable, impulsive, and violent. He exhibited incestuous and bisexual promiscuous sexual behaviors. He became paranoid, sadistic and megalomaniac, coming to proclaim himself as a sun god.
He was assassinated on January 24, AD 41.
The research project consists of an analysis of the neurological and psychiatric conditions that led to profoundly altered behavior in the most powerful man in the world at his time.
Effective start/end date1/1/2012/31/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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