Accomplishments and Records

Even His Grandmother Wanted Him Dead

Emperor Elagabalus


Roman Emperor Elagabalus (ca 203 – 222; reigned 218-222) became emperor at the age of fourteen. During the four years of his reign, he chalked up quite a list of accomplishments, but not the kind most people want to be remembered for.

By the time of his death at age 18, he had been married and divorced five times, had a penchant for dressing in women’s clothing and generally did whatever he wanted, with no consideration of the administrative matters of state.

He was assassinated on March 11, 222, in a plot formed by his grandmother, Julia Maesa, and disgruntled members of the Praetorian Guard. They dragged his naked body through the streets.


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