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Martijn Icks: The Crimes of Elagabalus

Martijn Icks: The Crimes of Elagabalus

The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor. UK/USA 2011, 276 pp. with b/w plates, pb, € 37.95
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Elagabalus was one of the most notorious of Rome's »bad emperors«: a sexually-depraved and eccentric hedonist who in his short and riotous reign made unprecedented changes to Roman state religion and defied all taboos. An oriental boy-priest from Syria - aged 14 when he was elevated to power - he placed the sun god Elagabal at the head of the established Roman pantheon, was married at least 3 times, engaged in orgiastic rituals, took male and female lovers, wore feminine dress and was alleged to have prostituted himself in taverns and even inside the imperial palace. His behaviour drew criticism and condemnation from the Senate and the people alike. At the age of 18 he was assassinated by the Praetorian Guard and his body dumped in the river Tiber. He has since become a source of imagination for artists and writers. The historical person may have ranged from evil tyrant to firebrand rebel, from mystical androgyne to gay teenager, from decadent sensualist to ancient pop star.
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