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Hierocles (charioteer)

Hierocles (late 2nd century - 222) was a favorite and lover of the Roman emperor Elagabalus. He was from Caria and was at some point enslaved and became a charioteer in the service of Elagabalus. Elagabalus considered the blond Hierocles to be his husband and is credited with saying:

"[I am] delighted to be called the mistress, the wife, the Queen of Hierocles"

Elagabalus unsuccessfully tried to have Hierocles declared Caesar, which would have made him the emperor's successor. Hierocles was executed, along with other members of Elagabalus' court, when the emperor fell from power in 222.

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