Elagabalus

Elagabalus

Birth
Syria
Death 11 Mar
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Body thrown into the Tiber
Memorial ID 35220650 · View Source
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Roman Emperor. He was born in approximately 203 AD and was raised at the Imperial court by his great aunt, the Empress Julia Domna. His birth name was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, but he is known as Elagabalus because of his devotion to the Syrian sun god of the same name. At age 14, in 218 AD, opponents of the Emperor Macrinus proclaimed him the heir to the murdered Caracalla and named him Emperor. He soon had the support of the legions in the East, and spent the following summer removing Macrinus's supporters. He was promoted by his followers as a religious figure capable of bringing peace and prosperity to the Empire and he was shown in contemporary paintings as an Emesene high priest. He also presided over a "marriage of the gods" between Elagabalus and the Carthaginian goddess Tanit. The propaganda campaign failed as his marriage broke down and he embarked on a series of homosexual relationships. He often gave his lovers political appointments, which offended the aristocracy and army, as did his second marriage, to a vestal virgin. In 221 AD an army revolt forced him to remove many of his favourites from their posts, and also to make a more appropriate marriage. Lacking an heir, he unwillingly adopted his cousin, Alexander Severus, and declared him Caesar. The partnership was a failure, and he attempted to have Alexander killed in 222 AD. This provoked his own assassination soon afterwards, he was beheaded and his body was dragged through the streets before being thrown into the Tiber.

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  • Added: 26 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35220650
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elagabalus (unknown–11 Mar), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35220650, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Body thrown into the Tiber.