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Lettering: AVT KAI MA ANTΩNEINOC
Large SC within wreath
ΔΕ above, eagle below
star at top of wreath
Elagabalus, also known as Heliogabalus, was Roman emperor from 218 to 222.
(Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; c. 203 – 11 March 222)
In his early youth he served as a priest of the god Elagabalus in the hometown of his mother's family, Emesa. As a private citizen, he was probably named Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus. Upon becoming emperor he took the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. He was called Elagabalus only after his death.
Elagabalus developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricity, decadence, and zealotry. This tradition has persisted, and with writers of the early modern age he suffers one of the worst reputations among Roman emperors. Edward Gibbon, for example, wrote that Elagabalus "abandoned himself to the grossest pleasures and ungoverned fury". According to Barthold Georg Niebuhr, "The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others" because of his "unspeakably disgusting life". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elagabalus
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