The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction? pdf epub fb2

The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction? by Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado pdf epub fb2

The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction? Author: Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado
Title: The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?
ISBN: 0521895553
ISBN13: 978-0521895552
Other Formats: lrf rtf docx mobi
Pages: 420 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Size PDF version: 1711 kb
Size EPUB version: 1867 kb
Subcategory: Historical




The third-century adolescent Roman emperor miscalled Elagabalus or Heliogabalus was made into myth shortly after his murder. For 1800 years since, scandalous stories relate his alleged depravity, debauchery and bloodthirsty fanaticism as High Priest of a Syrian Sun God. From these, one cannot discern anything demonstrably true about the boy or his reign. This book, drawing on the author's detailed research and publications, investigates what can truly be known about this emperor. Through careful analysis of all sources, including historiography, coins, inscriptions, papyri, sculpture and topography, it shows that there are things of which we can be sure, and others that are likely. Through these we can reassess his reign. We discover a youth, thrust by his handlers into power on false pretences, who creates his own more authentic persona as priest-emperor, but loses the struggle for survival against rivals in his family, who justify his murder with his myth.