Heliogabalus (203 - March 11, 222) was Roman Emperor from 218 to 222 under the name of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

He was born around 203 in Emese, Syria. He is the son of Julia Soæmias and Varius Marcellus. Through his mother, he is the great-grandson of Julius Bassianus of Emesa, the grandnephew by marriage of Emperor Septimius Severus, who had married his great-aunt Julia Domna in second marriage, and the nephew of Caracalla. The women, who were called “the Syrian princesses”, are inseparable from the fate of Heliogabalus.

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