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or Elagabalus
, c.205–222, Roman emperor (218–22). He was a priest of the local sun god, Elagabalus, at Emesa and was named Varius Avitus Bassianus.
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original name Varius Avitus Bassianus. ?204--222 ad, Roman emperor (218--222). His reign was notorious for debauchery and extravagance
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Still priest of Emesa's god, whose realm included mountains and the sun, he assumed a theophoric name, Elagabalus (or Heliogabalus).
while the second serves as a study of the reception of the image of Elagabalus that was constructed in antiquity.
In the Severan age, according to the Historia Augusta, Elagabalus and Severus Alexander wanted to legalise Christianity in the Empire.
The same-sex marriages of Elagabalus (see footnote 11 below) add nothing to the argument not already added by Suetonius.
According to Mary Beard, just as Gaddafi paraded in pantomime military outfits covered in spurious medals, Elagabalus dressed entirely in precious silks and draped himself with gems.
Michael Bronski tackles the most daring subject matter, resurrecting Kyle Onstott and Lance Horner's 1966 erotic paperback Child of the Sun, about the Roman emperor Elagabalus.
Elagabalus was born Varius Avitus Bassianus in about ad 203, the son of Julia Soaemias and Sextus Varius Marcellus.
Gschwind underlined the historic significance of al-Rafina, which was mentioned in ancient Roman texts as the birthplace of Roman emperor Elagabalus and other Roman emperors of Syrian descent, mainly the children of Julia Domna, emperors Geta and Caracalla.
In AD 218, within the lifetime of those who could remember Marcus Aurelius, a 14-year-old, would-be transsexual named Elagabalus was proclaimed emperor of the Roman world.
In addition, perhaps because of Berlusconi's well-publicized visits to cosmetic surgeons, the former prime minister is also compared to Elagabalus, a nickname of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, one of ancient Rome's most idiosyncratic emperors.
Panelists examined the reception--by queers and others--of five such figures, ranging from Sappho to Elagabalus via Plato, Alexander, and Antinous, asking how these characters' queerness has been represented, or suppressed, in diverse media; how such figures have been used to construct, celebrate, and/or deny contemporary queer identities; how these constructions have played back into scholarship and/or popular 'historical' or fictional representations; how individual representations have been shaped by their particular medium, cultural and historical moment, marketplace, or audience.
It was said of the Emperor Elagabalus that he once served "peas with pieces of gold, lentils with onyx, beans with amber and rice with pearls.