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By Martijn Icks

ISBN-10: 1780765509

ISBN-13: 9781780765501

ISBN-10: 1848853629

ISBN-13: 9781848853621

Elagabalus was once the most infamous of Rome's 'bad emperors': a sexually-depraved and whimsical hedonist who in his brief and riotous reign made extraordinary alterations to Roman country faith and defied all taboos.

An oriental boy-priest from Syria - elderly simply fourteen while he was once increased to strength in 218 CE - he positioned the solar god El-Gabal on the head of the validated Roman pantheon, used to be married a minimum of 5 occasions, engaged in orgiastic rituals, took female and male fans, wore female gown and used to be speculated to have prostituted himself in taverns or even contained in the imperial palace. His behaviour drew feedback and condemnation from the Senate and the folk alike. In 222 CE, simply 4 years after he got here to energy, his brief reign ended abrumptly and violently whilst he was once assassinated by means of the Praetorian defend on the age of eighteen and his physique dumped unceremoniously within the river Tiber.

Although now not as well known as Caligula or Nero, Elagabalus's popularity for luxurious, licentiousness and madness is simply as severe, if no more so. the traditional authors who defined his reign portrayed him as certainly one of Rome’s infamous ‘bad emperors’ and he has because turn into an item of fascination for historians and a resource of notion for artists and writers. This immensely readable booklet examines the lifetime of one of many Roman Empire's so much vibrant figures, and charts the numerous guises of his legacy: from evil tyrant to firebrand insurgent, from mystical androgyne to fashionable homosexual youngster, from decadent sensualist to historic pop star.

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