Elgabalus is just one dude who got dealt with swiftly. If anything they got even more conservative later on.>>105690831
Livy is almost certainly embellishing the Bacchannalias, but also bear in mind that he's talking about a specific episode which ended with the ring leaders executed and the rituals legally regulated. excessive punishments for adultery are something frequently found in the works of poets and playwrights, but there's no actual historical evidence of them existing. Likewise, the baby killing thing is something the Romans accused others of doing, and used it as justifications for their wars of conquest.
Now salacious rumors? That was an all-Roman pastime. Everyone of any note had rumors about him being a faggot or a cuck, or women of being slags and into bestiality or whatnot. For the prudish Romans, accusations of sexual deviancy were a favorite method of attack. In this way they were much like 4chan.>>105691499
Hermaphroditus was a Greek god. Also whore houses were thing in pretty much every civilization ever.