Violets and other flowers

‘He [Elagabalus] loaded his parasites with violets and other flowers in a banqueting room with a reversable ceiling, in such a way that some of them expired when they could not crawl out to the surface.’

Scriptores Historiae Augustae: Antoninus Heliogabalus (XXI.5)

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1888, fragment

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