American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Heliogabalus Originally Varius Aritus Bassianus. A.D. 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.
- From a Latinized form of the Semitic deity El-Gabal, a manifestation of the Semitic deity Ēl. (Wiktionary)
“Avitus Bassianus, known as Heliogabalus, a name he assumed, reigned 218-222.”
“Sun called Heliogabalus and adored under the form of a black stone, 775-l.”
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“At another banquet Heliogabalus almost smothered his guests by raining down perfumed rose petals over them.”
“In the 3rd century, Heliogabalus, renowned for enjoying cruel jokes, served up grains of gold mixed in with the peas, and amethysts, rubies and pearls in other dishes.”
“His book was about a Roman Emperor originally from Syria named Heliogabalus, also called the Crowned Anarchist, because of his subsequent reign in Rome.”
“The villainy of slaves is a direct product of the despot; a miasma exhales from these cowering consciences wherein the master is reflected; public powers are unclean; hearts are small; consciences are dull, souls are like vermin; thus it is under Caracalla, thus it is under Commodus, thus it is under Heliogabalus, while, from the”
“Mirabeau424 declares that pederasty was reglementée and adds, Le goût des pédérastes, quoique moins en vogue que du temps de Henri III. (the French Heliogabalus), sous le règne desquel les hommes se provoquaient mutuellement425 sous les portiques du”
“Heliogabalus seem only to have amused, instead of disgusting, the”
“Heliogabalus, or Elagabalus as he is also called, is indeed a prime example in the category of Roman decadence, along with other notorious emperors such as Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.”
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