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(ˌɛləˈɡæbələs; ˌiːlə-)
(Biography) same as Heliogabalus
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(ˌhi li əˈgæb ə ləs)

also Elagabalus

(Varius Avitus Bassianus) a.d. 204–222, Roman emperor 218–222.
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Considering it, the mind reeled under visions of the feasts of Elagabalus; and the subtle harmonies of Debussy mingled with the musty, fragrant romance of chests in which have been kept old clothes, ruffs, hose, doublets, of a forgotten generation, and the wan odour of lilies of the valley and the savour of Cheddar cheese.
He took his religious duties very seriously and even changed his name to that of his god, Elagabalus. Following a military plot arranged by his grandmother, the 14-year old boy was proclaimed emperor on June 8, 218.
as a result of regular trading links and the visits of Indian ambassadors to the west as well as of Greek philosophers to the east.(19) Bardaisan of Edessa acquired a good deal of knowledge about Indian philosophy from a group of Indian ambassadors on their way to the court of Elagabalus;(20) while in the third century Plotinus is said to have embarked for India in the expedition of Gordian III in search of wisdom, though he had to abandon the journey: in this desire he was probably influenced by his teacher Ammonius Saccas, who may have been a Buddhist.(21) There is no reason to suppose that Hippolytus had to have direct access to the Upanishads to learn what he knew about Indian doctrines.
The Emperor Elagabalus was even said to have dressed up as a popinarius, a cookshop keeper (S.
For each tolerable ruler--a Diocletian, Pertinax, Constantine, or Julian--there were a dozen monsters, such as Caracalla, Elagabalus, Maximin, Valens, and others far too numerous to merit mention.
The desire to be penetrated is often associated with playing a woman's role: the emperors Nero and Elagabalus are both reported to have pretended they were female in the company of their masculine favorites.
These are followed by quatrains on each emperor from Caesar to Elagabalus, where the manuscript tradition breaks off halfway through the last quatrain.(18) In addition to these two works, we know from a list of the contents of the now-lost Verona manuscript of Ausonius, made by Giovanni Mansionario around 1320, that Ausonius wrote a number of other historical works that have not survived.(19) These included a poem in hexameters on the kings who ruled in Italy between the Trojan War and the beginnings of Roman rule ('eodem genere metri [i.e.
The second-century AD historian, Aelius Lampridius, tells us that the Emperor Elagabalus collected so many human curiosities that his successor, Alexander Severus, was obliged to make a gift of his collection to the Roman people, evidently fearful that their maintenance would exhaust his treasury:
(Though not as much relief as those slaves with the palm fronds, I'd guess.) In ancient Rome, an emperor named Elagabalus had ice harvested from the mountains and spread around his garden, so the breeze would waft cool air inside.
| Hippocrates, the ancient Greek 'father of medicine' used to diagnose his patients by drinking their urine and taste-testing their ear wax | The Roman Emperor Elagabalus was a famous prankster.
It could be the later Titus, but it could also be Nero, Domitian, or Elagabalus. (66) Here, we'll call him the great King, or Napoleon, or the sovereign people; he'll also be named Robespierre or Marat.
Most of the figures featured are presumably unknown to readers, such as Elagabalus, a young Roman emperor from the 200s, and Albert Cashier, a transgender Civil War soldier.