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Elagabalus first MARRIED Cornelia Paula, but DIVORCED her soon after; he then married a VESTAL VIRGIN, Aquilia Severa (221). He adopted his cousin Alexienus and gave him control of administration, but soon regretted this decision, and plotted to have him killed. The soldiers, however, stood by Alexienus and assassinated Elagabalus (222); Alexienus then ascended the throne as Alexander Severus. His historians say that Elagabalus was killed in a latrine (BROTHELS); his corpse was hurled into the Tiber.