Elagabalus AE27 of Berytos, Phoenicia. COL IVL AVG FEL BER, arched gateway with two columns to either side, statue of Marsyas standing on base.

Ancient Coins - Elagabalus AE27 of Berytos, Phoenicia.  COL IVL AVG FEL BER, arched gateway with two columns to either side, statue of Marsyas standing on base.
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Elagabalus AE27 of Berytos, Phoenicia. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, laureate draped bust right / COL IVL AVG FEL BER, arched gateway with two columns to either side, statue of Marsyas standing on base within holding wineskin, figure above riding lion right. berytos AE27 SNGCop 117. No.3291. Fine.

���� This coin boasts a sharp portrait of undoubtedly the strangest of
���� all Roman Emperors. Varius Avitus Bassianus was a 13-year-old
���� High Priest of the sun god Elagabal in the Syrian city of Emesa
���� when fate--and his scheming grandmother Julia Maesa--plucked him
���� out of obscurity to become the next Emperor of Rome. Maesa,
���� sister of the Empress Julia Domna, was looking for a figurehead
���� through which she could restore the Severan dynasty to power. Her
���� bizarre grandson proved more than she bargained for. In addition
���� to his priestly duties, the new Emperor also was an exotic dancer
���� in the sun cult and a complete transvestite homosexual--a
���� practice accepted by the anything-goes East, but frowned upon by
���� the blue bloods of Rome. He chose a Vestal Virgin as one of his
���� three wives, further shocking traditional Romans. Much of his
���� reign was spent participating in outlandish religious rites
���� involving much ritualistic sex, and a succession of thoroughly
���� decadent entertainments. In the end, the Roman Army could not
���� stomach a Sun-worshiping transvestite exotic dancer as its
���� Commander-In-Chief, and he was assassinated after a weird reign
���� of four years.

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