"I'm starting to think we'd have more luck finding a virgin in Caligula's palace."
|Gaius Augustus Germanicus Caligula|
Emperor Caligula in Rome
|Portrayed By||Alexis Arquette|
|Series||Xena: Warrior Princess|
|First Appearance||"The God You Know"|
|Last Appearance||"You Are There"|
|Also Known As||Emperor of Rome|
|Cause of Death||stabbed himself|
|Killed By||suicide (pressured by Xena)|
|Affiliations||Rome, Roman Empire, Tiberius|
Caligula, Emperor of Rome, was a recurring character on Xena: Warrior Princess. He was known for his wild debauchery. He obtained godhood, but killed himself shortly after. Even early in his life, tales of Caligula's wild antics reached as far as Eire. (HTLJ: "Redemption")
Some 28 years later, Caligula succeeded Tiberius as Emperor of Rome. He imprisoned the goddess Aphrodite and stole her divinity. Xena infiltrated Caligula's court and talked him into killing himself. (XWP: "The God You Know")
Historically, Caligula was succeeded by his uncle Claudius, but there is no suggestion in XWP as to who succeeds him. Claudius was in fact meant to appear in a scene where he pardoned Xena, Gabrielle and Eve (this would also explain why Romans in later episodes were so eager to defend them), but was cut for time.