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Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (born Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus, c. 204 – 11/12 March 222), better known by his nicknames Elagabalus (, EL-ə-GAB-ə-ləs) and Heliogabalus ( HEE-lee-ə-, -⁠lee-oh-), was Roman emperor from 218 to 222, while he was still a teenager. His short reign was notorious for sex scandals and religious controversy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elagabalus has received more than 4,640,410 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Elagabalus is the 339th most popular politician (down from 275th in 2019), the most popular biography from Syria and the most popular Syrian Politician.

Elagabalus is most famous for his religious reforms, which included the introduction of a new god, Elagabal, to the Roman pantheon.

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Among politicians, Elagabalus ranks 339 out of 15,577Before him are Qianlong Emperor, Leopold II of Belgium, Louis XI of France, Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Yitzhak Rabin, and Alexander Dubček. After him are Philip III of Spain, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Nerva, Constantine XI Palaiologos, Joachim Murat, and Abbas the Great.

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Among people born in 203, Elagabalus ranks 2Before him is Plotinus.  Among people deceased in 222, Elagabalus ranks 1After him are Zhang Liao, Ma Chao, Julia Soaemias, Gan Ning, Huang Gai, Bardaisan, Annia Faustina, and Hierocles.

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In Syria

Among people born in Syria, Elagabalus ranks 1 out of 181After him are Zenobia (240), John of Damascus (676), Yazid I (647), Hafez al-Assad (1930), Abd al-Rahman I (731), Philip the Arab (204), Pope Anicetus (70), Apollodorus of Damascus (50), Bashar al-Assad (1965), Ibn Kathir (1301), and Pope Gregory III (700).


Among politicians born in Syria, Elagabalus ranks 1After him are Zenobia (240), Yazid I (647), Hafez al-Assad (1930), Abd al-Rahman I (731), Philip the Arab (204), Bashar al-Assad (1965), Muawiya II (661), Marwan II (688), Imad ad-Din Zengi (1087), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), and Musa ibn Nusayr (640).