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1. This emperor's real name was Gaius. Initially he was very popular because of his father's reputation as a general. In the end everyone hated him. He was stabbed to death in a theater and his body was flushed through the main sewer of Rome. By what nickname is Gaius generally known?
2. This emperor was poisoned by his fourth wife, Agrippina. None of his previous marriages had been succesful, but this one really topped it off. Agrippina wanted her son from a previous marriage on the throne. She gave her new husband his favoured dish: mushrooms. When he started vomiting, a doctor tried to clean his throat with a feather. Unfortunately, the feather too was drenched in poison.
3. He was one of four emperors in one year (68 AD). The mob in Rome absolutely disliked him. When a new candidate for the throne approached Rome, the mob captured the emperor. They took him to the Forum, tortured him, drove a hook through his neck and dragged him to the river Tiber. Who was he?
4. This emperor was strangled on December 31st 192 AD. His mistress had hired a gladiator and the gladiator, a certain Narcissus, did his job efficiently. The emperor was the bad guy in the movie 'Gladiator'. (How ironic!) Who was he?
5. In 217 AD this emperor was killed by a body-guard. The emperor had belly problems. When he went behind a tree to relieve his imperial intestines, a man called Martialis stabbed him. He is best known to most because of the beautiful baths he built in Rome, parts of which still remain. His name refers to a 'mantle worn in Gaul'.
6. This emperor was struck by lightning in 283 AD. His name in Latin means 'dear' and he was the successor of Probus.
7. This little known emperor died very oddly. He hated the sun and was therefore carried around in a completely closed sedan. He must have died suddenly but nobody noticed at first. Only when his decomposing body started to smell did his soldiers dare to open the door. Too late to help obviously. Who was this emperor (d. 284 AD)?
8. In 364 AD, returning from Persia, this emperor died mysteriously. Most scholars believe he inhaled the fumes of a freshly painted room, which proved fatal to him. He was hardly missed by his army.
9. This man was no official emperor: in 366 he rebelled and tried to seize power. The real emperor defeated him and his army, tied him to two bent trees and then... let go of the trees. The unfortunate rebel was torn in two pieces... Can you name this man, who shares his name with a historian of the 5th century?
10. This emperor ruled the Eastern Roman Empire in the 5th century. His wife hated him, so when he fell into a coma (as he had done several times before), she hurried to bury him in a sarcophagus, forbidding everyone to enter the burial room. Every day she went and listened to the weakening voice of her now dying husband. And then there was silence in the sarcophagus. Who was the unfortunate man? (He shares the name of two well known philosophers).
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