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Author Topic: Chief Judge Cal(igula)  (Read 1063 times)

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Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« Reply #15 on: 21 July, 2018, 12:03:50 pm »
He was only ever called Cal in the strip.

The real Caligula went completely nuts, possibly the result of lead poisoning since all the pipes were made of lead.

We don't even know if he really was a madman.  The whole idea of insanity and sexual perversion was a common trope at the time when muddying the name of unpopular politicians. 
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Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« Reply #16 on: 22 July, 2018, 06:08:51 pm »
How do you know he wasn't unpopular because he was an insane pervert?

Q: "What are you writing?"
A: "It's a biography of Caligula. Since he died last year, now it's safe to write about him without being executed for it."
Q: "Good, I've always hated him ever since he raped my wife and I at our wedding in front of all the guests. Are you going to mention that bit?"
A: "Fuck no, future generations will just assume I made it up to blacken his name just because he was unpopular. I'm just going to leave all that stuff out."
Q: "Really?! Even the bit when he said he wished he could execute the entire population of the empire?"
A: "Especially that bit."

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Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« Reply #17 on: 23 July, 2018, 01:00:09 pm »
He was only ever called Cal in the strip.

The real Caligula went completely nuts, possibly the result of lead poisoning since all the pipes were made of lead.

We don't even know if he really was a madman.  The whole idea of insanity and sexual perversion was a common trope at the time when muddying the name of unpopular politicians. 

Pretty sure I've heard that about Nero (and King Herod isn't quite as bad as the Bible says - just got a bad rap from that "killing all the babies" thing).

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Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« Reply #18 on: 23 July, 2018, 02:22:15 pm »
... and lead in Latin is plumbum, hence plumber. Here endeth the lesson.

Hence Pb is the notation for lead on the Periodic Table of Elements.