This cryptic text acts as the inspiration for Kiefer's own hermetic works, which abound in mysteries of their own, referencing, amongst others, Paracelsus, the seeker of hidden knowledge, the secret mystic order of Rosicrucianism, the Golem, the notoriously cruel Roman Emperor Heliogabalus
who instituted the mystical cult of the sun god, as dramatised by Antonin Artaud, the chariot of Ezekiel, 'The Great Work' otherwise known as the search for the philosopher's stone, the Norse God Thor, the secret language of birds, and of course Tempelhof itself.
Tom Rutter sets out evidence that identifies Marlowe, 'blaspheming with the mad preest of the sonne' in Greene's preface to Perimedes the Blacke-Smith, not with the heliocentrist Giordano Bruno, but with the Roman emperor Heliogabalus
(ad 203-22), the subject of a lost play mentioned in the Stationers' Register in 1594.
An extraordinarily daring watercolor of 1866 reveals the embodiment of decadence, Roman Emperor Heliogabalus
, High Priest of the Sun.