The worship of Elagabalus
was centered on the Black Stone of Emesa, a large, cone-shaped meteorite.
In the 260 years or so between Augustus and Elagabalus
there are 11 usurpers; there are two during Constantine's 31 year reign; and in the 56 years between Decius and Diocletian there are 26 named usurpers, often with short accounts of their rise and fall.
(66) Titus (39-81), Nero (37-68), Domitian (51-96), and Elagabalus
(202-222) were all Roman Emperors.
Whether monsters such as Elagabalus
and Maximin or stalwarts such as Alexander Severus and Aurelian occupied the throne, the end of the story rarely varied.
What if the narcissistic emperor Elagabalus
had chosen not to trade in silken luxuries from China for his own adornment but to acquire some more useful, scientific invention?
HOW TO OFFEND MORE OR LESS EVERYBODY EMPEROR Elagabalus
was fantastically dreadful.
And one of Alma-Tadema's works, "The Roses of Heliogabalus" (1888), shows thousands of rose petals painted from life blanketing Emperor Elagabalus
' guests in his legendary attempt to suffocate them with flowers.
The Crimes of Elagabalus
: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor.
Old Sol has served as one of the supreme forces in a great variety of religions (1): Egyptian Ra and Horus, Sumerian Utu, Mesopotamian (Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian) Shamash, Canaanite Shapash (also known as the "torch of the gods"), Syrian Elagabalus
, (2) Roman Apollo, Incan Inti, Aztec (also known as "people of the sun") Tonatiuh, Hindu Surya, Shinto Amaterasu Omikami (Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven), and Slavic Dajbog, just to mention some of the major figures.
Martijn Icks' The Crimes of Elagabalus
provides an analysis of the figure and images of Elagabalus
, from antiquity to the present.
Obey the law, pay your taxes, salute the flag, and defer to authority, whether that authority is held by Marcus Aurelius or Elagabalus
, but pay no attention to public men and women, unless they deserve your respect.
One coin, on which the head of Roman Emperor Elagabalus
was depicted, is dated to 218-222 AD, because he was the Roman Emperor during this period.