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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    The Emperor Elagabalus
    Fact or Fiction?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leonardo De Arrizabalaga y. Prado
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 420
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 798 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521895552
    ISBN 10: 0521895553

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    Illustrations note
    112 b/w illus. 1 map 24 tables
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    31 July 2010
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    Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado graduated from Cambridge University, and taught at Tsukuba University, Japan. He has published many articles on the Roman emperor commonly but wrongly known as Elagabalus.
    Table of contents
    1. Exposition; 2. Explosion; 3. Constitution; 4. Speculation; 5. Findings in Contexts; 6. Appendices.