Elagabulus: the 14-year old transvestite who ruled Rome

elagabulus statute

He was a Syrian transvestite who enjoyed being whipped in public.  He married and divorced at least five women during a four-year period, but his most stable relationship was with a male athlete.  He positively adored his pet rock.

Sounds like just another day in W. Hollywood in the ‘70s.  Only the year was 217, and the transvestite in question happened to be the Emperor of Rome.

Spoiler alert: things didn’t end well for him. Continue reading