He was most certainly batshit insane. His mother had him take mercury treatments as a child.
The question isn't whether he was off his rocker, it was how cruel it made him. The Romans (And basically every other society) posthumously attributed sexual misconduct to people they didn't like (Caesar's enemies accused him of being the sub in a relationship with Augustus; Augustus' enemies would accuse him of being the sub in a relationship with Caesar), and had a tendency to smear the shit out of people they didn't like. Nero suffered a particularly extreme case of this. A moody twat got turned into a literal minion of Satan and a portion of Revelations can be summed up as "Nero came back".
As far as the citizens of Rome were concerned he was more or less benevolent and the only times he really negatively impacted the Roman populace was when he decided to start a massive construction project that would decrease the amount of grain moved to Rome. Coincidentally, a massive famine Caligula could not have foreseen occurred shortly after the project started, leading to starvation.
Of course for basically everyone else involved in Roman politics he was an absolute nightmare. A courtier who had a lisp was frequently mocked. Whenever he would kneel to kiss Caligula's ring, the emperor would quickly make a masturbatory gesture in his face. What caused his demise was that he wanted to move the capital to Egypt and declare himself a god. The bullied courtier, with the help of others, bumped off Caligula. The conspirators then threw the courtier under the bus.
>>518732 >A courtier who had a lisp was frequently mocked. Whenever he would kneel to kiss Caligula's ring, the emperor would quickly make a masturbatory gesture in his face.
There was the whole showing up at a guy's wedding and literally walking off with his bride, marrying her, ditching her a few weeks later and specifically prohibiting her from re-marrying that guy. As well as instructing his executioners to "make them feel that they're dying".
>a portion of Revelations can be summed up as "Nero came back".
There is a reason for this, though, and historical revisionism is likely not it.
For pure entertainment value, Caligula and Commodus are hands down the most value for money. Like, you want to imagine Caligula was just taking the piss (he wasn't, he was obviously nuts, but it's fun to imagine).
>>518977 While we're on the topic of great last words, Voltaire was obviously shitposting excessively his whole life, but his last words take the cake. >priest asks him to denounce Satan and return to the flock >"Now, now my good man. This is not a time for making enemies."
>>519052 >Well, look at it that way, what would you spoil, meaningfully?
I'm kind of used to using spoiler tags as a sort of updated version of parenthesis, really. Sort of halfway between brackets and a footnote - you can read the complete sentence relatively unbroken, and with minimal effort you can see whatever parenthetical offshoot is attached, simultaneously or afterwards, as you choose.
That's typical of people who suffer from schizophrenia. They grow up normal-ish, but then they hit puberty or adulthood and completely fall apart. Not in the "depression" way but in that they're suddenly doing crazy, off-the-wall things that don't make sense to normal people.
>>518805 >. As well as instructing his executioners to "make them feel that they're dying". Might have just been hearsay but apparently when the conspirators gathered to end him Chaerea told them the exact same thing word for word
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