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 Commodus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nevertheless, as generous and magnanimous as his father was, Commodus turned out to be just the opposite, with the sole exception being that he stopped the persecution of Christians started by his father.
A year later, Commodus was strangled in his bath by the wrestler Narcissus, ordered by Commodus' mistress/cousin Marcia, a day before he planned to march into the Senate dressed as a gladiator to take office as consul.
Commodus' selling of high offices to incompetent people, leading to massive corruption and his paid exploits in the gladiatorial arena, amounting to one million sesterces paid by the city of Rome for every appearance, severely ruined the Roman economy.
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 Commodus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Commodus (Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus) (August 31, 161 - December 31, 192) (reigned 180 - 192) is often considered to be one of the worst Roman Emperors, and his reign brought to a close the era of the five good emperors.
A year later, Commodus was strangled in his sleep, a day before he planned to march into the Senate dressed as a gladiator to take office as a consul.
The 2000 hit movie Gladiator was loosely based on the career of the emperor Commodus, although it should not be taken as an accurate historical depiction of his life.
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 Edward Gibbon: "Cruelty, Follies, and Murder of Commodus"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Commodus listened to the pleasing advice; but whilst he hesitated between his own inclination and the awe which he still retained for his father's counsellors, the summer insensibly elapsed, and his triumphal entry into the capital was deferred till the autumn.
But Commodus, from his earliest infancy, discovered an aversion to whatever was rational or liberal, and a fond attachment to the amusements of the populace; the sports of the circus and amphitheatre, the combats of gladiators, and the hunting of wild beasts.
Commodus retired to sleep; but whilst he was laboring with the effects of poison and drunkenness, a robust youth, by profession a wrestler, entered his chamber, and strangled him without resistance.
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 Roman Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The period of the "five good emperors" was brought to an end by the reign of Commodus from 180 to 192.
Commodus was the son of Marcus Aurelius, making him the first direct successor in a century, breaking the scheme of adoptive successors that had turned out so well.
In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, it is noted that Commodus at first ruled the empire well.
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Every stage in the career of Commodus was marked by greed and suspicion, producing, as might be expected in those times, wholesale confiscation and numerous murders.
There were many Christians at the court of Commodus and in the person of Marcia, the concubine or morganatic wife of the emperor, they had a powerful advocate through whose kind offices on one occasion many Christian prisoners were released from the mines in Sardinia.
Commodus was murdered by strangling, one of the conspirators being Marcia.
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 EefyWiki - Commodus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Emperor Lucius Aurelius Commodus (named after Marcus Aurelius’s co-emperor) got off to a great start in the Roman Empire-- he was born to Marcus Aurelius and his wife (and cousin) Faustina along with a twin brother who died when he was four.
Later in his rule, Commodus decided that his rule should be known as the “Age of Glory” and after a fire destroyed parts of the city he re-founded Rome, calling himself the new Romulus and naming the city Colonia Commodiana after himself.
All in all Commodus was a terrible emperor; a man cast in the mold of Nero or Caligula.
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Commodus fought 735 times and paid himself such a high fee for each appearance that a new tax had to be levied.
When two women in Commodus’ household, his wife Crispina and his sister Lucilla were accused of hatching a plot to murder him, Commodus had the two ladies banished to a lonely prison on an island.
Commodus died on New Year's Eve, A. He was to be proclaimed a consul on the following day, and planned to accept the greatest honor of the republic dressed as a gladiator.
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 Commodus - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
He began his reign by making an unfavourable peace treaty with the Germanic tribe of the Marcomanni, who had been at war with Marcus Aurelius.
Commodus' selling of high offices to incompetent people, leading to massive corruption and his paid exploits in the gladiatorial arena, which amounted to for one million sesterces paid by the city of Rome for every appearance severely ruined the Roman economy.
Commodus, Life, Legacy, Commodus in popular culture, Film, Other, External links, Primary sources, Secondary material, 161 births, 192 deaths, Roman emperors, Roman emperors murdered by the Praetorian Guard and Nerva-Antonine Dynasty.
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 Roman Emperors - DIR commodus
Commodus was named Caesar at the age of 5, and co-Augustus at the age of 17, spending most of his early life accompanying his father on his campaigns against the Quadi and the Marcomanni along the Danubian frontier.
Commodus, and much of the Roman army behind him, entered the capital on 22 October, 180 in a triumphal procession, receiving a hero's welcome.
Commodus was also popular amongst the northern divisions of the army because he allowed them to wield axes in battle, a practice banned by all preceding emperors.
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COMMODUS (to all) It is the most sacred duty of the Emperor to oversee the education of the young.
Commodus moves to the desk, standing over it and gazing at Marcus' scrolls as: GRACCHUS Caesar, your presence in Rome is an invaluable opportunity to begin correcting some of the ills that have beset the city since your father went to the wars.
Commodus slowly begins pushing Marcus' papyrus scrolls off the desk to the floor, one by one, as: COMMODUS My beloved father was a careless shepherd to his flock.
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 Who was Commodus?/The Real Story
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus, the son of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his wife-cousin Faustina, was born in Lanuvium in 161 AD.
Commodus' complete identification with Hercules can be seen as an attempt to solidify his claim as new founder of Rome, which he now called the Colonia Lucia Annia Commodiana.
Commodus was the first and last in the Antonine dynasty to change the names of the months.
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 Commodus -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Commodus, being the son of Macrus Aurelius was one of the most well prepared Roman emperors in history.
Commodus was the most prepared for the succession of emperor.
A year later, Commodus was strangled in his bath by the wrestler Narcissus, ordered by Commodus' mistress Marcia, a day before he planned to march into the Senate dressed as a gladiator to take office as consul.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Commodus   (991 words)

 Commodus - Gurupedia
Greek hero Hercules, Commodus claimed to have slain 12,000 men in gladiatoral combat.
Septimius Severus, trying to gain favor with the family of Marcus Aurelius, rehabilitated the memory of Commodus and had the Senate deify him.
Gladiator (2000) were loosely based on the career of the emperor Commodus, although they should not be taken as an accurate historical depictions of his life.
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 Roman Empire In Turmoil 180-285 by Sanderson Beck   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Commodus stopped appearing in public as he indulged in banquets, baths, and pleasure with 300 concubines, as many young men, and in brothels.
Commodus had been treated for illness and trained to be a gladiator by the physician Galen, who was from Pergamum, a city in Asia Minor with an outstanding library and a healing shrine of Asclepius.
During the reign of Commodus the bishop of Rome, Victor, through the influence of Marcia obtained the release of Christians from this misery of overwork, malnutrition, and disease that soon produced death.
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 Commodus: Free Encyclopedia Articles at Questia.com Online Library
...The reign of Commodus 20...Pannonia, Dacia, and Moesia.
In the reign of Commodus he was consul in absentia while he...whereby he bequeathed to the world his son Commodus, and then civil war.
Commodus is a papist who lives in England and...English church from within: Thynke Commodus to be such one, as couertly in herte...
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COMMODUS May I remind everyone that Master Galen is the finest medical philosopher in the Empire and his detailed assessment of the Emperor is delicate and confidential and is the business of the immediate family alone.
COMMODUS I met with Falco, and the Senators have agreed to call for a truce with the Germans.
Commodus is almost physically effected by the cheers the power and psychological rush is so tremendous.
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Commodus was a megalomaniac and was in reality far worse than he was portrayed in "The Gladiator".
They are traits of the 'Antonine baroque', a style adopted by the first Emperor of that line, Antoninius Pius, under the influence of his predecessor, Hadrian, and then elaborated under his successors throughout the 2nd century.
Commodus was the last of the Antonines, but the style survives, with some alterations, well into the third century.
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 Gladiator: The Real Story
Commodus, whose full name was Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus, was proclaimed Caesar at age 5 and joint emperor (co-Augustus) at the age of 17, in 177 CE, by his father, Marcus Aurelius.
Commodus was, as depicted in Gladiator, present with his father during the Danubian wars, and yes, this is where Marcus Aurelius died.
Commodus claimed to be descended from the God Hercules, and even began to dress like him, wearing lion skins and carrying a club.
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 Stoicism: Marcus Aurelius. The Stoic emperor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Marcus' greatest trial was his son Commodus, who succeeded him in a disastrous reign that rivalled Nero's for corruption and cruelty.
Commodus was, so it was rumoured, the son of one of the gladiators whom Marcus' wife Faustina took for lovers.
According to his biographer, Commodus was "base, shameless, cruel, lecherous, defiled and debauched." While his father sold his own property to serve the empire, the son milked the empire to enrich himself.
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 Commodus changes for the worse. He is innately devious and this is not resolved throughout Gladiator. - Coursework.Info
He identifies his main adversary as Maximus, his father's favourite, but in reality it is his own lack of moral fibre that is his greatest enemy.
Maximus's fallicious death triggers a surge towards a more confident, vehement Commodus, but when Maximus resurfaces there is a resumption of his initial personality.
Commodus realises this and holds Maximus in contempt.
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COMMODUS Rome salutes you and I embrace you as a brother.
Commodus holds him tighter and tighter as he hears.] [SCENE CHANGE - Lucilla returns to the palace and asks her servant where Lucius is. She replies, "He's with the Emperor, M'lady." She quickly leaves in search of Lucius.
Commodus is left alone, in the sand.] [SCENE CHANGE as Juba is digging in the sand for burial, at the place where Maximus died.
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Commodus vies with Caligula and Nero as Roman history's most perverse and sadistic of rulers.
Commodus little by little began gaining a taste for power as the shuffling of his foremen took place and, finally, he decided to manage the empire himself.
A successful conspiracy against him was finally hatched by one of his lovers who first tried poisoning him but he threw up and a wrestler was summoned who strangled him to death on the last day of the year 192.
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 Commodus, Roman Imperial Coinage of, Thumbnail Index - WildWinds.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Commodus standing left holding branch & reversed spear on right a trophy.
Commodus, as joint Augustus with Marcus Aurelius, AR Denarius.
Commodus AE As, or a Sestertius struck on a flan for an As.
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 IGN Boards - Beating Commodus
I have beat Commodus, but it told me that I failed the mission..
I lost to Commodus, and it says that I failed the mission...
So just beat him up for a while than parry for a while then start letting him hit you and just strike every once and a while and then I just gave up to him (to do this I think you just tapp down,down on the D-pad, but it's in the book).
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