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“The Roses of Heliogabalus”, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

It’s gloriously colourful, but it’s a picture of an attempted mass murder.  Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s “The Roses of Heliogabalus” is based on a story about the Roman emperor Heliogabalus, who, according to legend, attempted to suffocate his unsuspecting guests in flowers, which were dropped from a false ceiling.

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