©Salvador Dali - Caligula's Horse. Dali's Horses 1971

Caligula's Horse. Dali's Horses 1971
Caligula's Horse. Dali's Horses
1971 watercolor/gouache/paper
Private collection

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According to Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars (121 AD), Incitatus had a stable of marble, with an ivory manger, purple blankets, and a collar of precious stones. Dio Cassius has indicated that the horse was attended to by servants, and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. Suetonius also wrote that it was said that Caligula planned to make Incitatus a consul, and that the horse would "invite" dignitaries to dine with him in a house outfitted with servants there to entertain such events.