- Feb 2019
Is it fair to apply the modern notion of a ''transgender'' person to a Roman Emperor that lived almost 2.000 years ago? I don't think that we can paint Elagabalus by that standard and just slap ''he's transgender!'' like that so quickly. In addition to what @DiocletianIsBetterThanYou said about Cassius Dio's record I think that it is well possible that the Roman historians either exaggerated or maybe even fabricated some things, it wouldn't be unusual for them to slander an emperor. Furthermore considering that Elagabalus was very much insane trying to profile him as a ''transgender'' in such a simple manner doesn't work. If this is some strange attempt to appropriate a Roman Emperor into some modern role model for transgenderism it's not a good idea for the same reason of him being insane.