E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Syro-Phnician sungod, represented under the form of a huge conical stone. The Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antonnus, was so called because in childhood he was priest of the Sun-god. Of all the Roman emperors none exceeded him in debauchery and sin. He reigned about four years (B.C. 218222), and died at the age of eighteen.
This madman invited the principal men of Rome to a banquet, and smothered them in a shower of roses.