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Icarus and the Virgin

William Nicol

Category: DramaRomance

A true tale of the 3rd century traces the career of the Emperor Elagabalus as he rises from his beginnings as a priest of a Syrian sun god to becoming the ruler of Rome. Icarus And The Virgin is a powerful story of a degenerate tyrant yet to learn the constraints of his power while the young heroine, Aquilia, resolves to find fortune when all is against her.

A true tale of the 3rd century traces the career of the Emperor Elagabalus as he rises from his beginnings as a priest of a Syrian sun god to becoming the ruler of Rome. The action is viewed mainly through the eyes of the young Vestal Virgin, Aquilia Severa, whom he marries not once but twice during his short, terrifying reign.

Violence follows Elagabalus as he takes power, and Aquilia is caught up in his struggle to find acceptance in Rome for his sexually ambiguous tastes and his compulsion to impose his own god as the supreme Roman deity.