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Commodus

(Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus) (kŏm`ədəs), 161–192, Roman emperor (180–192), son and successor of Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius
(Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus) , 121–180, Roman emperor, named originally Marcus Annius Verus. He was a nephew of Faustina, the wife of Antoninus Pius, who adopted him. Marcus married Antoninus' daughter, another Faustina.
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. In 180, reversing his father's foreign policy, he concluded peace with the German and the Sarmatian tribes and returned to his licentious pleasures in Rome. There he vaunted his strength in gladiatorial combats and decreed that he should be worshiped as Hercules Romanus. He changed his own name to Marcus Commodus Antoninus and wanted to rename the city of Rome after himself. Many plots to assassinate him failed, but eventually, on the order of his advisers, he was strangled by a wrestler. PertinaxPertinax
(Publius Helvius Pertinax) , 126–193, Roman emperor (193), b. Liguria. Formerly a general, he reluctantly succeeded Commodus on the throne. Attempting to curb license in the Praetorian Guard, he was slain by a soldier, thus ending his brief reign of three months.
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 succeeded him.

Commodus

Lucius Aelius Aurelius , son of Marcus Aurelius. 161--192 ad, Roman emperor (180--192), noted for his tyrannical reign
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Sold into slavery, Maximus becomes a fearsome gladiator, both skilled in battle and crowd-pleasing spectacle, and sets out to obtain vengeance against a cunning and vicious Commodus, now Emperor himself.
As implied by the title of his work, the author aims to use the infamous spectacles of the emperor Commodus as a starting point for an examination of the Roman games and their importance to Roman society.
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The use of such evidence requires some care, since imperial shows such as Commodus's great games in 192 ce were by their very nature exceptional, whereas what went on in most of the empire's arenas was more the norm.
Commodus in Braveheart; of any New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox game; or perhaps more along the lines of the rivalry between Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus (Russell Crowe) to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, but Commudus kills the Emperor, sentences Maximum to death and slays his family.
No such asymmetry seems to be present in Teleogryllus commodus, judging from figures in Moore & Loher (1988) and Pipa & Moore (1988), but these figures are schematic.
Religious, military and personal objects including The Crawford Cup, the gold medallion of Constantius, a statue of Hercules and the head of Emperor Commodus will give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East.
By 1968--following the uncomprehending thud of the reception of Twombly's Nine Discourses on Commodus, 1963, shown in 1964 at Castelli Gallery in New York--the artist had already edged away from the fluid, multivalent graffiti compositions of the 1950s to the more purposive Blackboard Paintings of the later '60s.
Previously, the only section known to have been painted was the gallery of the emperor Commodus, portrayed by the actor Joaquin Phoenix in the Ridley Scott film Gladiator.
Both films involve the death of Marcus Aurelius and the succession of his son, Commodus, but at the heart of Gladiator were always visions of gladiatorial combat and the story of Maximus: the general who became a slave, the slave who became a gladiator, the gladiator who was to free Rome from a tyrant.
Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Pertinax, Didius Julianus, Septimius Severus.