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Monumental Folly

Michael Kulikowski: Heliogabalus’ Appetites, 30 November 2023

The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome 
by Harry Sidebottom.
Oneworld, 338 pp., £10.99, October, 978 0 86154 685 5
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... behind this to the motives and the inner life of the boy emperor seems hardly possible, though Harry Sidebottom is well placed to give it a try: an accomplished scholar, he is better known as a novelist, whose Roman fictions both respect the historical evidence and achieve a real psychological plausibility. And his explanation for his subject’s ...

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