Roman Emperor. He was born in 208 AD and was a cousin of the Emperor Elagabalus. He was declared Caesar by the Emperor in 221 AD and named Emperor by the army on his assassination a year later. At only thirteen years old, he was the youngest of all Rome's Emperors, and relied heavily on the guidance of his grandmother, Julia Maesa, and mother, Julia Mamaea. His reign bought a return of stability after the excesses of Elagabalus, and restored some of the dignity of the senate. He initiated several major building projects, including the Aqua Alexandrina aqueduct and his mother's apartments on the Palatine. He faced uprisings by the Sassanids in Asia Minor, and travelled to the region in 231 AD where he remained until the rebellion was defeated by his Generals in 233 AD. He then dealt with uprisings in Germany by buying off the rebel leaders; this angered the army and led to his assassination in 234 AD at age twenty six. His body was returned to Rome for burial, and he was later deified by the senate and given posthumous honours.
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