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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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III.
CALIGULA.
CATUS Caesar Caligula had accompanied Tiberius to
Capri, and lived there until the latter’s death. Were
warning always a good teacher, Capri should have been a
good school for him.
The contempt Tiberius entertained for his young kins-
man, the latter repaid with blind obedience. Whether
it was, as it has commonly been interpreted, hypocrisy,
or rather the influence of the old man’s overwhelming,
fear-inspiring and demoniac nature—Caius Caesar seemed
to have lost his own and taken upon him his grand-
father’s self. When Tiberius laughed with his sweet
laugh, Caius laughed in the same manner ; when anger
wrinkled his brow, or scorn curled his lip, Caius pro-
duced the same look. It must be at such a time that
his features were represented by the master hand that
formed his basalt bust in the Capitoline museum. The
head is turned slightly aside, the brow thunders, the eyes
lighten, the fine mouth is pressed wrathfully and scorn-
fully together; but one can at once see that this look is
counterfeited or practised: it is still only the theatre
tyrant, appearing with features according to rule. " His
whole exterior," says Tacitus, "was an imitation of that
which Tiberius had put on for the day, and he spoke
almost with the latter s words."

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