I prevailed on the governor to call up Heliogabalus
's cooks to dress us a dinner, but they could not show us much of their skill, for want of materials.
How pleased, therefore, will the reader be to find that we have, in the following work, adhered closely to one of the highest principles of the best cook which the present age, or perhaps that of Heliogabalus
, hath produced.
It seems to me sufficient to take all those emperors who succeeded to the empire from Marcus the philosopher down to Maximinus; they were Marcus and his son Commodus, Pertinax, Julian, Severus and his son Antoninus Caracalla, Macrinus, Heliogabalus, Alexander, and Maximinus.
I do not wish to discuss Heliogabalus, Macrinus, or Julian, who, being thoroughly contemptible, were quickly wiped out; but I will bring this discourse to a conclusion by saying that princes in our times have this difficulty of giving inordinate satisfaction to their soldiers in a far less degree, because, notwithstanding one has to give them some indulgence, that is soon done; none of these princes have armies that are veterans in the governance and administration of provinces, as were the armies of the Roman Empire; and whereas it was then more necessary to give satisfaction to the soldiers than to the people, it is now more necessary to all princes, except the Turk and the Soldan, to satisfy the people rather the soldiers, because the people are the more powerful.
They were sombre blues, opaque like a delicately carved bowl in lapis lazuli, and yet with a quivering lustre that suggested the palpitation of mysterious life; there were purples, horrible like raw and putrid flesh, and yet with a glowing, sensual passion that called up vague memories of the Roman Empire of Heliogabalus
; there were reds, shrill like the berries of holly -- one thought of Christmas in England, and the snow, the good cheer, and the pleasure of children -- and yet by some magic softened till they had the swooning tenderness of a dove's breast; there were deep yellows that died with an unnatural passion into a green as fragrant as the spring and as pure as the sparkling water of a mountain brook.
Hereafter a very notorious Roman Emperor will institute this worship in Rome, and thence derive a cognomen, Heliogabalus
. I dare say you would like to take a peep at the divinity of the temple.
These include the sweeping costume drama Irydion, in which the author sets forth the grievances of his occupied nation through the fable of an uprising of Greeks and barbarians against the dissipated emperor Heliogabalus
, and, of course, the monumental drama on which his international fame rests: the Undivine Comedy.
In the book's second part, Gilbert's long-time partner, documentary filmmaker Ian Jarvis, humorously details how he became one of the main inspirations for the title character in Heliogabalus
(2002), the Roman emperor whose sexual escapades, blasphemous politics, and ruthless violence in the third century CE have forever marked him as one of Western history's most depraved figures.
The Pale Emperor, the title of my new album, was the nickname of the child emperor Heliogabalus
. He denied God, wore makeup, and would slaughter the peasants in the middle of the street and have their families drink wine from their blood.
GEN.: I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's, I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox, I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus
, In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous.
Two of Coburn's other companies, Heliogabalus
and D&C Trading, were dissolved in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
And one of Alma-Tadema's works, "The Roses of Heliogabalus
" (1888), shows thousands of rose petals painted from life blanketing Emperor Elagabalus' guests in his legendary attempt to suffocate them with flowers.