Two AUR professors feature in a new program on Caligula that premiered in the US on October 9th at 9pm eastern time on the History Channel. Entitled ‘Caligula: 1400 days of terror’, the film is the work of Bruce Kennedy, an Emmy award winning documentary film maker. Professor Valerie Higgins and adjunct Professor Gabriel Radle from the Department of Archaeology and Classics both took part in the making of this documentary.
Gabriel filmed at Lake Nemi, south of Rome, where Caligula kept two boats which he used for holding extravagant parties: “It was a pleasure to work with Bruce Kennedy and North-South Productions for the making of Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror. We went up to Lake Nemi, where I was asked to explain the history of Caligula’s famous ships. The experience was different from the classroom, since there is a natural stress on making simple, key points for a general television audience. It was great to be able to communicate the history of the ships and their infamous builder at the site where the events happened.”
Valerie Higgins did her part in and around the Forum: “I remember we did the shoot on a very dark, chilly day last November and for the Forum shots we had to go early before the public entered. The inside of the Curia was really spooky in the early morning gloom. Bruce was so disappointed when I told him that this building hadn’t been there when Caligula was alive. We still used it as a background for recounting some of the gory stories about Caligula. I just hope the editing makes it clear that it’s not the original spot, but that it always the risk you take with any kind of TV work.”