The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Caligula and the Client Kings*

D. Wardlea1

a1 University of Cape Town

What happened in the aftermath of Caligula's assassination in January A.d. 41 in relation to the client kings of the period has been the subject of a stimulating note by A. A. Barrett. He has argued that a rescission of Caligula's acta invalidated the legal position of the client kings appointed by Caligula, and that Claudius’ regularising of their position has been misunderstood by the ancient literary sources and has given rise to several apparent inconsistencies in their accounts.


* Thanks to Miss B. M. Levick, Mrs M. T. Griffin and Professor J. E. Atkinson for their help and comments.