How much did the ancient Babylonians know about conditions like epilepsy? They might have thought it was caused by demonic possession, but their clinical observations were pretty accurate. Neuroskeptic finds out more for Discover Magazine.
Incitatus, Caligula's horse, was said to be spoiled. Roman Emperor Caligula, built a stable of marble and covered him with great luxurious robes of lavish color. Before each race, Caligula would sleep beside Incitatus and order a silence in the city punishable by death. It is unclear if Calicula was insane or just trying to provoke the Senate by making ridicule of them by offering to give Incitatus the rank to perform Senate duties.