While the firsthand accounts of his reign have nearly all been lost to history, the surviving contemporary and posthumous accounts do not paint a flattering picture : over a short period the new emperor went from a beloved favorite of the army to a leader known for irresponsible spending habits and wanton cruelty. When he planned to move to Alexandria from Rome, a political play that would have crippled the Senate, he was assassinated. The more outrageous claims, like his relationship with his favorite horse , were likely rumors, but broader accusations of sexual deviancy incest and homosexual relations, for example are more difficult to address, along with the assertion that he was insane, in part due to a Roman cultural meme that paired perversity and madness with poor governorship. It is possible that Caligula was bisexual, but not impossible that accounts of him as the passive partner in same-sex intercourse were intended as slander given the Roman expectations for adult male sexuality. You are commenting using your WordPress.
The Gay Roman Emperor Gene
Here, Have A List Of Bisexual Roman Emperors – The Twelve Caesars
Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. Two would be within normal statistical deviation, three would be a little odd but perhaps explicable if we theorized that the Claudians were carrying a male homosexuality gene, but twelve of thirteen does seem a little improbable. Here I take a look at six of them. If Julius Caesar had homosexual relations, it is generally thought that they were politically motivated. He was willing to indulge his political patrons in order to gain prestige and dignitas within the Roman world. He was also willing to receive such favours from his inferiors as a way of securing their political loyalty and establishing his dominance over them.
Wikimedia Commons Julius Caesar was known for being a lover and a fighter. Julius Caesar claimed godly blood as a descendant of Venus. His divine ancestor is often depicted in the throes of passion, entrancing suitors far and wide. Is it any wonder that her illustrious heir, a man whose last name would be a title for emperors millennia after his death, was said to have a similar sway with both sexes? As a powerful man in ancient Rome, Julius Caesar probably had sexual experiences with both men and women.
Vespasian and Titus were on the disputed list because there is only modern speculation, and little or no evidence in historical sources. But I believe I may have marked Vespasian as disputed because of a rumour regarding Josephus, or possibly because of military service and the prevalence of military homosexuality during that period? Julius Caesar is not on this list because he is not considered a roman emperor. The empire truly began with the formation of the Principate by Augustus.