An ancient Roman oracle once prophesied that “Caligula had no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse across the Bay of Baiae”. After becoming emperor, Caligula ordered ships to construct the largest pontoon bridge in history, and rode his horse across the Bay of Baiae.

Caligula

See also: Caligula’s Giant Ship

Despite financial difficulties, Caligula embarked on a number of construction projects during his reign. Some were for the public good, though others were for himself.

Josephus describes Caligula’s improvements to the harbours at Rhegium and Sicily, allowing increased grain imports from Egypt, as his greatest contributions. These improvements may have been in response to the famine.[citation needed]

Caligula completed the temple of Augustus and the theatre of Pompey and began an amphitheatre beside the Saepta. He expanded the imperial palace. He began the aqueducts Aqua Claudia and Anio Novus, which Pliny the Elder considered engineering marvels. He built a large racetrack known as the circus… Continue Reading (18 minute read)

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  1. BowwwwBallll

    See, people never talk about Caligula the jobs creator.

  2. Numbuh24insane

    Seems that he proved the Oracle correct

  3. frankmiro1967

    He was that type of an attention whore.

  4. BlOoDy_PsYcHo666

    “And I took that personally”

  5. CavemanSlevy

    He then proceeded to make his horse a senator.

  6. ED4050

    I respect a guy who holds a grudge.

  7. MadPizz

    What level of petty are you today? On a scale from 0 to Caligula

  8. FoucaultsTurtleneck

    Pretty sure this also caused a grain shortage because he used so many ships for this

  9. MVacc224

    The Tales of Sober Caligula!

  10. Work_Owl

    It was two miles long apparently, amazing

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