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 (hē′lē-ə-găb′ə-ləs, -lē-ō-) also El·a·gab·a·lus (ĕl′ə-) Originally Varius Aritus Bassianus. ad 204-222.
Emperor of Rome (218-222). A priest of Baal, he became emperor after the murder of his cousin Caracalla (217). His eccentricity and debauchery and the imposition of his religion on the Romans led to an insurrection in which he was killed.


(ˌhiːlɪəʊˈɡæbələs) or


(Biography) original name Varius Avitus Bassianus. ?204–222 ad, Roman emperor (218–222). His reign was notorious for debauchery and extravagance


(ˌhi li əˈgæb ə ləs)

also Elagabalus

(Varius Avitus Bassianus) a.d. 204–222, Roman emperor 218–222.
References in classic literature ?
How pleased, therefore, will the reader be to find that we have, in the following work, adhered closely to one of the highest principles of the best cook which the present age, or perhaps that of Heliogabalus, hath produced.
It seems to me sufficient to take all those emperors who succeeded to the empire from Marcus the philosopher down to Maximinus; they were Marcus and his son Commodus, Pertinax, Julian, Severus and his son Antoninus Caracalla, Macrinus, Heliogabalus, Alexander, and Maximinus.
I do not wish to discuss Heliogabalus, Macrinus, or Julian, who, being thoroughly contemptible, were quickly wiped out; but I will bring this discourse to a conclusion by saying that princes in our times have this difficulty of giving inordinate satisfaction to their soldiers in a far less degree, because, notwithstanding one has to give them some indulgence, that is soon done; none of these princes have armies that are veterans in the governance and administration of provinces, as were the armies of the Roman Empire; and whereas it was then more necessary to give satisfaction to the soldiers than to the people, it is now more necessary to all princes, except the Turk and the Soldan, to satisfy the people rather the soldiers, because the people are the more powerful.
Hereafter a very notorious Roman Emperor will institute this worship in Rome, and thence derive a cognomen, Heliogabalus.
In the book's second part, Gilbert's long-time partner, documentary filmmaker Ian Jarvis, humorously details how he became one of the main inspirations for the title character in Heliogabalus (2002), the Roman emperor whose sexual escapades, blasphemous politics, and ruthless violence in the third century CE have forever marked him as one of Western history's most depraved figures.
The Pale Emperor, the title of my new album, was the nickname of the child emperor Heliogabalus.
I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's, I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox, I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus, In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous.
1998) (Roman emperor Heliogabalus is "said to have offered half the Roman Empire to the physician who could equip him with female genitalia.
This quiet emendation has never fooled anyone: "Qaphqa" and "Babilonia" point to the ancient Orient, as do the mentions of the river Euphrates, the ancient sapphire mine of Taprobana and the emperor Heliogabalus, but the world of Kafka's parables (which of course also include then share of "Oriental" settings) pull in the direction of the conflicts of modernity.
Sometimes referred to as Heliogabalus, thus providing a spurious connection between El (god) and Helio (sun).
After finishing writing Heliogabalus, or The Crowned Anarchist in 1934, Artaud meandered from one text to another and read "not only works on Crete, Delphi, Archaic Greece, the Zend-Avesta, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Zohar, and the Ietzirah, but the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Ramayama, the Puranas, the Bardo-Thodol, Lao-Tzu, and especially Tao te king, etc.