The Mad Emperor

Pages: 304
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

The Mad Emperor

Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome

Harry Sidebottom

What happens when you put the Roman Empire in the hands of a teenage boy? The life and times of the worst Roman emperor of all.
Hardback
9780861542536 (6 Oct 2022)
RRP £20.00 / US$27.95

The Book

On 8 June AD218 a fourteen-year-old Syrian boy, egged on by his grandmother, led an army to battle in a Roman civil war. Against all expectations, he was victorious.

Varius Avitus Bassianus, known to the modern world as Heliogabalus, was proclaimed emperor. The next four years were to be the strangest in the history of the empire.

Heliogabalus humiliated the prestigious Senators and threw extravagant dinner parties for lower-class friends. He ousted Jupiter from his summit among the gods and replaced him with Elagabal. He married a Vestal Virgin - twice. Rumours abounded that he was a prostitute. In the first biography of Heliogabalus in over half a century, Harry Sidebottom unveils the high drama of sex, religion, power and culture in Ancient Rome as we've never seen it before.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Dr Harry Sidebottom teaches Ancient History at Lincoln College, Oxford. Since publication of Fire in the East in 2008, he has written and published a novel each year, all of which have been Sunday Times top 5 bestsellers. His Warrior of Rome series has been published in 14 countries. Harry is also the editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient Battles.