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Commodus Essay

  • Submitted by: sunnyallstar
  • on February 11, 2011
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,276 words

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Commodus
Childhood
  * Was born on the 31 of august AD 161 at Lanuvium
  * Commodus was one of fourteen children
  * He was the only one to survive childhood
  * He had a twin brother that died
  * He was made caeser at the age of five, to rule alongside his dad (AD 166) Kind of like a junior emperor.
  * His father was Marcus Aurelius
  * In AD 177, at the age of 16 he was made Augustus by Marcus Aurelius making him a joint emperor
  * Even though he was emperor at AD 177, everyone saw Marcus Aurelius as the true emperor
  * “Commodus indeed led the troops in the wars on the Danube together with his father from AD 178, until the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180” (www.roman-empire.net)
  *   “His father died, possibly of the plague” (www.roman-emperors.org)

Young Commodus

Commodus’s Reign
  * He took the throne once his father died
  *   “By all accounts Commodus was a handsome man, with curly blonde hair. But he appeared to possess a weak character and was easily influenced by others. But so too was he prone to cruelty and excessive behaviour” http://www.roman-empire.net/highpoint/commodus.html
  * Commodus was liked by the people, but hated by the senate
  * “Commodus began to dress like the god Hercules, wearing lion skins and carrying a club” (www.roman-emperors.org)
  * He withdrew the roman army from the borders that Marcus Aurelius conquered.
  * Commodus uncovered a plot to kill him in AD 182
  *   There was an attempted assassination on his life, by Quintianus, that was stopped
  * Had his sister, Annia Lucilla executed for conspiring against him
  * Quintianus (the assassin) and Tarrutenius Paternus (a conspirer) were also put to death.
  * “Commodus took little interest in the day-to-day running of government” (www.roman-empire.net)
  * Commodus spent most of his time entertaining his harem of 300 women and 300 children.
  * Commodus became suspicious of Perennis, the perfect that was running the...

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