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Satanic Authorities of various kinds tried to silence him and to steal his transformative power of vision; being kept in a straightjacket, cast into solitary dark pits, and tortured with electroshock and ritual drowning cannot have improved his condition. Written inat the time when Artaud was preparing to stage his legendary Theatre of Cruelty, Heliogabalus is a powerful concoction of sexual excess, self-deification and terminal violen Translated into English for the first time, this novelized biography of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Heliogabalus is simultaneously Artaud’s most accessible and his most extreme book.

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Heliogabalus, or The Anarchist Crowned

Because it’s not a straightforward biography, we get a real sense of the psychology and dichotomies within the child god emperor, but not any detailed chronology. His behavior estranged the Praetorian Guardthe Senateand the common people alike. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus ; c. It’s not a perfect book, and some of it is both boring and deeply slow going, but the end is worth it. The most artsud relics from the Roman religion were transferred from their respective shrines to the Elagabalium, including the emblem of the Great Motherthe fire of Vestathe Shields of the Saliihliogabalus the Palladiumso that no other god could be worshipped except in association with Elagabal.

Elagabalus declared the date of the victory at Antioch to be the beginning of yeliogabalus reign and assumed the imperial titles without prior senatorial approval. It’s here that Artaud prefigures Deleuze with his talk of levels, the geliogabalus of principles, Love, the Will, religion, numerology, etc.

Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction. When the Emperor Artaaud came to power, he suppressed the threat against his reign from the family of his assassinated predecessor, Caracalla, by exiling them—Julia Maesa, her two daughters, and her eldest grandson Elagabalus—to their estate at Emesa in Syria.


The officers were killed and Julianus’ head was sent back to the emperor. In fact, there may have been an effort to introduce Elagabal, Urania, and Athena as the new Capitoline triad of Rome—replacing Helkogabalus, Junoand Minerva.

It’s hard for me not to ramble over the thing, as I always find his way of seeing so interesting, even when I don’t entirely agree with it. And with the fragments of his works, his message remains; we are the negative spaces of the dark mass of the Unseen, shadow puppets living shadow lives, yet reaching always toward the eternal Reality beyond. The Amazing Emperor Heliogabaluswith an introduction by J. For, as in other matters, so in this business, too, he had numerous agents who sought out those who could best please him by their foulness.

University of Michigan studies: Mythological, Historical, and Cross-Cultural Aspects. This book was very difficult for me, but difficult good. It’s almost as if the intensity of it is enough, as if his single-minded focus on this one idea were all that mattered.

The short book is composed of three sections. A long train of concubines, and a rapid succession of wives, among whom was a vestal virgin, ravished by force from her sacred asylum, were insufficient to satisfy the impotence of his passions.

Heliogabalus, or The Anarchist Crowned: Antonin Artaud: Calder Publications

The deity Elagabalus was initially venerated at Emesa. There were, of course, men who had been specially instructed to play their part.

His works of neoplatonic theology inspired and gave direction to the founders of Surrealism; works given force and depth by his lifelong struggle with madness. Translated by Alexis Lykiard InStephen Barber explains in his introduction to “Heliogabalus,” publisher Robert Denoel commissioned Antonin Artaud to write a book dramatizing the life of the infamous teenaged Roman Emperor, El-Gabalus, or as he is more commonly called, Heliogabalus.

Although Herodian is not deemed as reliable as Cassius Dio, his lack of literary and scholarly pretensions make him less biased than senatorial historians. Severan dynasty family tree. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As a private citizen, he was probably geliogabalus Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus. Although steeped in vice and tormented by madness, the deviant tyrant heilogabalus elevated to a divine status, at the crossroads between the Greco-Latin world and the Orient.

Elagabalus tried to have his presumed lover, the charioteer Hieroclesdeclared Caesar[38] while another alleged lover, the athlete Aurelius Zoticus, was appointed to the non-administrative but influential position of Master of the Chamber, or Cubicularius. Heliogabalus; or, the Crowned Anarchist by Antonin Artaud. That is also my main concern with the final section, as we are given long descriptions of the battles leading up to Heliogabalus’ reign, descriptions which seem to serve little other than to pad an already slim volume.


Whilst reading this, I considered for the first time the difficulty Artaud’s writing must pose for the translator. His work largely overlaps with Dio’s own Roman Historybut the texts, written independently of each other, agree more often than not about the emperor and his short but eventful reign.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions He would collect money from his patrons and give himself airs over his gains; he would also dispute with his associates in this shameful occupation, claiming that he had more lovers than they and took in more money. Elagabalus ran backward in front of the chariot, facing the god and holding the horses’ reins.

Cassius Dio lived from the second half of the 2nd century until sometime after What can anyone expect from Artaud? Caracalla and Geta Straripante di concetti, paradossi, documenti, descrizioni, nomi e storie. As a token of respect for Roman religion, however, Elagabalus joined either AstarteMinervaUraniaor some combination of the three to Elagabal as consort.

He also demonetized the antoninianus during this period in Rome. He aroused further discontent when he married the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severaclaiming the marriage would produce “godlike children”. But also important are the letters he wrote from Ireland, apocalyptic visions in which he foresaw the Occupation of Paris, and for which he was once again committed to an asylum, where he remained throughout the Second World War.

Through these sewers, coiling into broiling corkscrews whose circles diminish the further they descend to the depths of the earth, the blood of those sacrificed according to the needful rites will find its way back to the geological seams, the congealed cracks of chaos. Written inat the time when Artaud was preparing to stage his legendary Theatre of Cruelty, Heliogabalus is a powerful concoction of sexual excess, self-deification and terminal violence. Artaud, especially, expressed disdain for Western theatre of the day, panning the ordered plot and scripted language his contemporaries typically employed to convey ideas, and he recorded his ideas in such works as Le Theatre de la cruaute and The Theatre and Its Double.