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Ask a classicist: is Donald Trump more of a Caligula or a Nero?

Trump's presidency has given rise to a depressing parlour game

Illustration by Kate Hazell

For classicists, the times we live in have given rise to an entertaining, if depressing, parlour game: which lunatic/depraved/autocratic Roman emperor does Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America, most resemble? Caligula might seem an obvious go-to. According to the scurrilous, highly unreliable and yet utterly enjoyable imperial biographer Suetonius, he made his horse a consul—which, frankly, Trump has all-but done, what with the series of donkeys on whom he has bestowed so many high offices.

And yet in her book…

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