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Italian equine series

…call it what you like but I have the “fever”. horse fever that is. what else would  drive me round and round the cobbled Roman streets clicking and snapping equine “street art” like a crazy tourist with a camera stuck to her face. In all reality I pride myself on trying really hard to notlook like a tourist. surely there are some of you out there that live, breathe and dream these noble creatures as I do.  Of course,on the flip side there are some of you merely grunting “meh”…. in any case, horse lover or not, check out this little bit of trivia below about Caligula and his most adored horse Incitatus …. I am thinking that pony had some good horse karma.

~” It was Incitatus that was most coddled, who Caligula used to invite to dinner, where he would offer him golden barley and drink his health in wine from golden goblets; he swore by the animal’s life and fortune and even promised to appoint him consul, a promise that he would certainly have carried out if he had lived longer” (Dio, LIX.14.7). Suetonius relates that, on the day before the games, the emperor used to send soldiers into the neighborhood to order silence so that Incitatus would not be disturbed. “Besides a stall of marble, a manger of ivory, purple blankets and a collar of precious stones, he even gave this horse a house, a troop of slaves and furniture, for the more elegant entertainment of the guests invited in his name; and it is also said that he planned to make him consul” (LV.3).

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