Onyx cameo of the emperor Gaius (Caligula)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

Caligula is represented here as a victorious general—the triumphant “imperator,” but in fact, he did not win any wars for Rome. His lack of military success and prowess alienated him from the army, and without its support, his rule became increasingly insecure. He was assassinated in Rome when aged only twenty-eight.

Onyx cameo of the emperor Gaius (Caligula), Onyx, Roman

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