Roman emperor A.D. 218-222. His name is also spelled Elagabalus. He imposed the worship of false idols upon the Roman world, appointed misfits to high office, and executed more than his share of dissident generals. Above all, he outraged public opinion with his openly homosexual orgies. He was killed by the Praetorian Guards after a short but newsworthy reign. See the paragraph on the fellow in Utopia, Limited. More crimes exposed to the public gaze!