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The Emperor Elagabalus : fact or fiction?

Author: Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome; Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome; Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome; Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado
ISBN: 9780521895552 0521895553
OCLC Number: 986789025
Notes: Reprinted with corrections 2011
Description: xxxv, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Exposition --
Radical and basic questions --
Problematic --
Sources and method of enquiry --
pt. 2. Explosion --
Varius, Elagabalus and Heliogabalus --
Varian texts --
Analysis of Varian propositions --
pt. 3. Constitution --
A mental exercise --
Coins --
Inscriptions --
Papyri, ostraca, and mummy labels --
Sculpture : round --
Sculpture : relief --
Topography --
Res gestae --
pt. 4. Speculation --
The question Why? --
Varius' priesthood --
Varius' childhood --
Varius' heritage --
Varius' reality --
pt. 5. Findings in contexts --
Findings --
Varius' family --
The Severan dynasty --
The Roman principate --
Varius' shift --
Varius and his models --
Severan self-presentation --
Varius and the imperial administration --
Varius and history --
Varius and culture --
Appendix 1: Theory of knowledge --
Appendix 2: Varian propositions --
Appendix 3: Varian coin concordance --
Appendix 4: List of Varian inscriptions --
Appendix 5: List of Varian papyri, ostraca, and mummy labels --
Appendix 6: Varian chronology.
Responsibility: Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado.


The third-century Roman emperor miscalled Elagabalus was made into myth shortly after his death. This book examines the whole range of sources (historiography, coins, inscriptions, papyri, sculpture  Read more...


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