Roman Emperor Heliogabalus, who reigned for only four years from 218, was seized at the age of 18 by his Praetorian Guard, decapitated and thrown into the Tiber River. Why was this?

Answer: His brief reign was characterised by sexual scandals and religious controversies – he managed to have five wives in his short life. English Historian Edward Gibbon said that he ‘abandoned himself to the grossest pleasures and ungoverned fury’ while another, B G Niebuhr, said that Heliogabalus led an ‘unspeakably disgusting life’.

Source: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon; General Historical Texts

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