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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor

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The four short years of Elagabalus's rule have generated nearly two millennia of sustained attention, from salacious rumor to scholarly analysis to novels that cast him as a gay hero avant la lettre. Here, Martijn Icks succeeds in distinguishing the reality of the emperor's brief life from the myth that clouds it--and in tracing the meaning of the myth itself to the present day.

In 219 ce, when the fourteen-year-old Syrian arrived in Rome to assume the throne, he brought with him a conical black stone, which he declared was the earthly form of the sun god El-Gabal, who gave Elagabalus his name and lifelong office as high priest. Shoving Jupiter aside, the new emperor did the unthinkable, installing El-Gabal at the head of the Roman pantheon and marrying a vestal virgin. Whether for these offenses, his neglect of the empire, or weariness from watching the emperor dance at the elaborate daily sacrifices, the imperial guards murdered Elagabalus and put El-Gabal in a packing crate.

Sifting through later accounts of the emperor's outrageous behavior, Icks finds the invented Elagabalus as compelling as the historical figure. In literature, art, and music from the fifteenth century on, Elagabalus appears in many guises, from evil tyrant to anarchist rebel, from mystical androgyne to modern gay teenager, from decadent sensualist to pop star. These many reincarnations reveal as much about the ages that produced them, Icks shows, as they do about the bad-boy emperor himself.

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The four years of Elagabalus's rule have generated two millennia of attention, from salacious rumor to scholarly analysis to novels casting him as a gay hero avant la lettre. Here, Icks succeeds in distinguishing the reality of the emperor's brief life from the myth that clouds it--and in tracing the meaning of that myth to the present day.

About the Author

Martijn Icks is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Heidelberg.

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674064379
Subtitle:
s Decadent Boy Emperor
Author:
Icks, Martijn
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120201
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 color illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Italy » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient Rome
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by , The four years of Elagabalus's rule have generated two millennia of attention, from salacious rumor to scholarly analysis to novels casting him as a gay hero avant la lettre. Here, Icks succeeds in distinguishing the reality of the emperor's brief life from the myth that clouds it--and in tracing the meaning of that myth to the present day.
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