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The Legitimization of Elagabalus and Cassius Dio’s Account of the Reign of Macrinus1

Andrew G. Scott
Published Online: 2013-01-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jah-2013-0012


Cassius Dio 79.1.2–4, in tandem with other literary and material sources, serves as valuable evidence for several significant aspects of Elagabalus’ legitimization campaign. Further analysis suggests that Elagabalus’ legitimization campaign may have influenced Dio’s account of Macrinus’ reign, especially with respect to Dio’s decision to include in his narrative a version of the story of Caracalla’s murder that was unsympathetic to Macrinus.

Keywords: Cassius Dio,; Elagabalus,; Macrinus,; Caracalla,; Severan dynasty


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Andrew G. Scott

Published Online: 2013-01-01

Published in Print: 2013-11-01

Citation Information: Journal of Ancient History, Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 242–253, ISSN (Online) 2324-8114, ISSN (Print) 2324-8106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jah-2013-0012.

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