Originally Posted by Amnorix
Yes, but in some cases, the historical record is pretty damning. Whether EVERY word is true or not can certainly be disputed, but when there's such a mountain of damning stories and nary a word in support, it's hard to believe he was anything but terrible.
He probably kept mistresses, and probably was a terrible person, but the idea of him rolling die and invoking pagan gods seems so outrageous and silly that it's no doubt the work of an opponent building up a case. Kind of like the old myth that Catherine the Great had sex with horses.