By Martijn Icks
An oriental boy-priest from Syria - elderly simply fourteen while he was once increased to energy in 218 CE - he put the solar god El-Gabal on the head of the proven Roman pantheon, was once married no less than 5 instances, engaged in orgiastic rituals, took female and male fans, wore female gown and was once 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 folks alike. In 222 CE, simply 4 years after he got here to strength, his brief reign ended abrumptly and violently while he was once assassinated through 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 for the reason that turn into an item of fascination for historians and a resource of proposal for artists and writers. This immensely readable ebook examines the lifetime of one of many Roman Empire's such a lot vibrant figures, and charts the numerous guises of his legacy: from evil tyrant to firebrand insurgent, from mystical androgyne to trendy homosexual teen, from decadent sensualist to historic pop star.
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