Heliogabalus(redirected from Elegabalus)
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(also Elagabalus; imperial name, Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus). Born 204 in Emesa, Syria; died 222. Roman emperor from 218.
In 217, Heliogabalus became a priest of the Syrian god Elagabalus in Emesa; he took his name from that of the god. He was proclaimed emperor by the legions in Syria. Seeking to make Elagabalus the supreme god of the Roman state, he erected a temple to Elagabalus on the Palatine in Rome. His wastefulness and debauchery gave rise to strong protests among the military and other strata of the population. Heliogabalus was murdered by praetorians.