from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Heliogabalus.


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  • Elagabalus from the idol of that god, represented by Herodian and the medals in the form of a mountain, (gibel in Hebrew,) or great stone cut to a point, with marks which represent the sun.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Avitus, better known as Elagabalus in reference to the cult he and his family presided over, reigned for five years.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • He undertook to restore discipline in the army, and the licentious soldiery found a new candidate for the empire in the person of Avitus, of the family of Severus, a beautiful boy of seventeen, who officiated as priest of the sun in Syria, and whose name in history, from the god he served, is called Elagabalus, or Heliogabalus.

    Ancient States and Empires

  • Oct. 11th, 2009 at 1: 03 AM reading_gibbon: Chapter VI: Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus; and taxation

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  • In a magnificent temple raised on the Palatine Mount, the sacrifices of the god of Elagabalus were celebrated with every circumstance of cost and solemnity.

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  • Tension built until Elagabalus tried to have Alexander murdered, which rebounded on him; on 12 March 222 Elagabalus and Soaemias were themselves brutally assassinated.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Both she and her son attracted far less vitriol from ancient historians than their immediate predecessors, though like Elagabalus the new emperor was said to be very much under the thumb of his mother.85 Such filial meekness earned Alexander the appellation in literary sources of Alexander Mameae, “Alexander, Son of Mamaea,” a reversal of the usual convention whereby a Roman man would be recognized by the name of his father.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • On 22 March 235, in a repeat of the fate of Elagabalus and Soaemias, twenty-seven-year-old Alexander and his mother, Julia Mamaea, were set upon by soldiers under the command of an officer named Maximinus Thrax.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • 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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  • Records from Hecht's trial list three objects said to be at the M.F.A.: an Attic pelike depicting jumping athletes; a bust of Sabina, wife of the Roman emperor Hadrian; and a portrait of the Roman emperor Elagabalus.

    The Trial in Rome


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