Alexander Severus (222-235 AD)
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The age was epitomized by Alexander Severus (222-235) who, prior to becoming emperor, had attended the lectures of Origen in Antioch, and who as emperor performed his devotions before statues of the best of the deified Caesars, as well as Christ, Abraham, and Orpheus. While the state cults were strong, religious loyalty tests were not required and the interest in the new mystery cults with their new personalistic emphasis ran high. Bust of Alexander Severus (222-235).