Caligula with Mary Beard

Professor Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life of one of history's most notorious individuals - Gauis Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus – better known to us as Caligula.

Piecing together the evidence, Mary puts Caligula back into the context of his time, 2000 years ago, to reveal an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all, she’ll explain why Caligula has ended up with such a seemingly unredeemable reputation… and, in the process, reveal a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster, but the man.

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC Two

TX Date: July 2013

Format: 1 x 60



Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Mary Beard


Caligula’s short reign, it turns out, is one of the most poorly documented in Roman history. Most of what we know about him comes from historians such as Suetonius, writing long after his death.

The Telegraph