also El·a·gab·a·lus Originally Varius Aritus Bassianus. AD 204–222.
Emperor of Rome (218–222). A priest of Baal, he became emperor after the murder of his cousin Caracalla (217). His eccentricity and debauchery and the imposition of his religion on the Romans led to an insurrection in which he was killed.
From a Latinized form of the Semitic deity El-Gabal, a manifestation of the Semitic deity Ēl.