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Posted by Allen Mozek at 7: If you go into this book unfamiliar with Arraud work, you might find some bits difficult. This is alluded to early on in the text, but never comes to much.

The pagan rituals and alchemical symbols bear relation to his ideas on theatre as cruelty and so forth, but this is something that makes more sense if the qrtaud is familiar with Artaud’s work in a broader context. He made an attempt to flee, and would have got away somewhere by being placed in a chest had he not been discovered and slain, at the age of eighteen.

Not that the average reader in which category I include myself will have an earthly idea what this is all about given the limits of a modern education until you remember that it is best not read but DECLAIMED out loud in a theatrical manner wrtaud that it has to be seen as the last flowering written in the s of a forty year cycle of French decadent writing and part of a much longer heliogabauls of French artistic sensuality.

Translation aside, I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, since I was not sure it compared as well to other works by Artaud I have read. The source here is historical and Artaud takes great delight in describing the religious rituals and picking heeliogabalus the life and progeny of Heliogabalus. Since an actualized realization of the Theatre of Cruelty was difficult, if not impossible for him to enact he considered the ‘The Cenci’ both a failure and move away from his concept of theatre he transposes his ideas to the ancient Roman Empire, where “…the theatre was not on the stage, but in life.

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Oct 06, Alvaro rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Quotes from Heliogabalus; or, In his well-written Translator’s Note following the text, Alexis Lykiard nicely sums up the text as he calls it a “mystico-historical essay,” as Artaud is here refashioning and refuting history following an alchemical template both a product of and a reaction against reason and rationalism.


Some attempt is made to further plot along as well, although those segments didn’t work well for me as a reader, since plot is of such little concern to the book itself. It’s here that Artaud prefigures Deleuze with his talk of levels, the reality of principles, Love, the Will, religion, numerology, etc.

His Roman History spans nearly a millenniumfrom the artau of Aeneas in Italy until the year It’s here that we get a sense of why Artaud thinks the debauched emperor Heliogabalus was an anarchist.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Review quote “Heliogabalus is Artaud’s greatest and most revolutionary masterpiece: Elagabalus developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricitydecadenceand zealotry.

Heliogabalus : Or, the Crowned Anarchist

History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity, 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. Finally, he set aside a room in the palace and there committed heliogabalhs indecencies, always hsliogabalus nude at the door of the room, as the harlots do, and shaking the curtain which hung from gold rings, while in a soft and melting voice he solicited the passers-by.

Martijn Icks, in Images of Elagabalus ; republished as The Crimes of Elagabalus heliogabalysdoubts the reliability of the ancient sources and argues that it was the emperor’s unorthodox religious policies that alienated the power elite of Rome, to the point that his grandmother saw fit to eliminate him and replace him with his cousin. Jul 16, A rated it really liked it Shelves: Authorized power is the precondition heljogabalus its abuse, and of the tyranny of the state and the dehumanization of individuals.

Full name Varius Avitus Bassianus. This book was very difficult for me, but difficult good. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The publisher failed to do the most perfunctory copyfitting—there are widows and orphans strewn about the text.


For The Birds: Heliogabalus, or the Crowned Anarchist by Antonin Artaud

Review of The Emperor Elagabalus: Oct 10, Mike rated it really liked it. What Artaud actually wrote is, at its best, much better than that, as he attacks Hegalian History, as well as boldly mocking the Christian model of linear time. Jan 17, Carlos rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Artaud sets up the emperor as the epitome of his Theatre of Cruelty.

Een vergelijkende studie tussen keizer Elagabalus — en keizer Aurelianus — ” in Dutch. Oct 29, Andrew rated it really liked it. 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.

Heliogabalus, or The Anarchist Crowned

Mothers and Wives of the Caesars p. Within a year, he abandoned her and married Annia Aurelia Faustina[45] a descendant of Marcus Aurelius and the widow of a man he had recently had executed.

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. 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. The 20th-century anthropologist James George Frazer famous for The Golden Bough took seriously the monotheistic aspirations of the emperor, but also ridiculed him: Letters of reconciliation were dispatched to Rome extending amnesty to the Senate and recognizing the laws, while also condemning the administration of Macrinus and his son.

Severus Alexander held him in high esteem and made him his consul again.

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