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

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I.B.Tauris, 2011 - Degeneration - 276 pages
This book examines the life of one of the Roman Empire's most colourful figures, Elagabalus, and charts the many guises of his legacy: from evil tyrant to firebrand rebel, from mystical androgyne to modern gay teenager, from decadent sensualist to ancient pop star.

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The problem with Elagablus as a subject is that his reign was short, and the sources of information about it, thin. Martijn Icks basically covers anything you need to know in 40 pages. The remaining ... Read full review


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Martijn Icks is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany. He obtained his PhD cum laude at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2008.

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