Elagabalus (203-222 BCE) became Roman emperor at the mere age of 14, ruling for four infamous years. What trick did he used to play on guests at his parties?

Answer: When they were drunk and asleep Elagabalus would let lions, leopards and bears into their bedrooms. British historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) once declared that his reign’s “inexpressible infamy surpasses that of any other age or country.”

Source: The Crimes of Elagabalus – The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor by Martijn Icks

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