HELIOGABALUS ARTAUD PDF

So a thing can be compared with any other thing and one may draw parallel lines between any mythologems and any phenomena… And Antonin Artaud boldly follows this trail, transmuting salaciousness into poetic language. His Heliogabalus is a tale about a madman told by another madman, the fantastic ejaculation of a poetical mind. He declared himself a living god-emperor, and through marriage to Bene Gesserat Livia produced several generations of active-trait males. One appears to have been the first known Abomination, a man who heard voices and claimed to be both male and female, but whose actions were so perverse that Voice Claudia refuses to describe them. Especially based on this quote: All the same, Heliogabalus the pederast king who wanted to be a woman, was a priest of the Masculine. He achieved in himself the identity of opposites, but did not achieve it without harm, and his devout pederasty had no origin other than an obstinate and abstract conflict between Masculine and Feminine.

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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. Tellingly, the feverish and pagan extravagances of the book occur roughly two-hundred years after Christ is born. The short book is composed of three sections. The first, "The Cradle of Sperm" focuses on myth and pagan iconography while providing some historical and familial background for the story of the teenaged emperor.

The expressive power of geography in reference to myth and religion is given particular attention. The conceit of Roman decadence and ritual is, if not abandoned, at least marginalized, as he further investigates philosophical and aesthetic issues that fuel many of his writings elsewhere. The last section, "Anarchy," is by far the least interesting, as it presents the narrative of the ascent and subsequent assassination of the young emperor known variously as Varius Avitus Bassianus, Elgabalus, Antoninus, Sardanapalus and Heliogabalus.

Artaud does not seem to be particularly attached to either historical veracity or story-building, so the recitation of "facts," of which the reader can only guess concerning their truth, is by far the least inspiring part of the book. Artaud sets up the emperor as the epitome of his Theatre of Cruelty. I know very little concerning the historical life of Heliogabalus, but I assume that Artaud grafted the name "Antoninus" onto the emperor.

The two each possess multiple names, and they share a desire to enact a living experience which "…was poetry and theatre raised to the level of utmost veracious reality. As mentioned above, the middle section is my personal favorite, as it is in effect a self-contained essay on the matter of principality. This is alluded to early on in the text, but never comes to much. The book is worth hunting down for the reader with an interest with Artaud, though I still think the City Lights Anthology or "The Theatre and Its Double" would best service anyone new to Artaud.

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The written numeral is a symbol for what one cant manage to add up or measure. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus ; c. Roman and Byzantine emperors. This website uses heliofabalus to improve user experience. Italics indicates a co-emperor, while underlining indicates a usurper. Artaud sets up the emperor as the epitome of his Theatre of Cruelty.

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Antoninianus of Julia Maesa. His father was initially a member of the Equites class, but was later elevated to the rank of senator. His grandmother, Julia Maesa , was the widow of the consul Julius Avitus , the sister of Julia Domna , and the sister-in-law of the emperor Septimius Severus. When the Emperor Macrinus came to power, he suppressed the threat against his reign from the family of his assassinated predecessor, Caracalla, by exiling them—Julia Maesa, her two daughters, and her eldest grandson Elagabalus—to their estate at Emesa in Syria. At sunrise on 16 May , Publius Valerius Comazon , commander of the legion, declared him emperor.

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HELIOGABALUS ARTAUD PDF

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. Tellingly, the feverish and pagan extravagances of the book occur roughly two-hundred years after Christ is born. The short book is composed of three sections. The first, "The Cradle of Sperm" focuses on myth and pagan iconography while providing some historical and familial background for the story of the teenaged emperor.

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