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Commodus, Emperor of Rome

Commodus was the son of the Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius. He was the brother of Princess Lucilla, and uncle of Lucius. He later murdered his father after he announced that General Maximus Meridius would be his successor. He took the throne as regent, but was killed by Maximus in the arena.

Coup d'EtatEdit

Commodus was a cowardly prince of Rome, and he arrived to meet the emperor shortly after the Battle against the Barbarians. He was happy that he missed the battle and the war, and embraced Maximus as a brother. However, his secret jealousy of Maximus led to a huge fight. He introduced Maximus to senators Falco and Gaius, who were loyal friends to the prince. He warned Maximus that when he got home, and when he was emperor, he might call him back to duty.

Later on, he visited his father and announced he was ready to serve Rome. However, the emperor announced to him that Maximus would be emperor instead of him. Hearing this, the prince suffocated his father to death and was later coronated as the Emperor of Rome

Emperor of RomeEdit

Commodus was coronated Emperor of Rome, but had an uneasy approach to the post. He ignored the fact given to him by Gracchus that the Greek Quarter of the Roman Empire was infected by the plague. Commodus was angry at all the lists of demands given to him by the senators, but he wanted the people to love him because he was never loved. He seemed to fall in love with Lucilla, though his sister, and took her as his consort empress.

His hatred for Maximus did not extinguish. After Maximus defeated other gladiators after a reenactment of the Battle of Carthage, Maximus removed his helmet and revealed his identity to Commodus. Thinking he was dead after a failed execution, Commodus wanted to kill him. However, the people in the audience of the colosseum wanted Maximus to live, and his lust for appreciation drove Commodus to decide to let Maximus live. He tried to kill Maximus at a fight with Tigris of Gaul by unleashing three tigers to kill him, but Maximus defeated Tigris and killed one of the tigers. He eventually tortured Maximus by describing the emotions of his wife and son as they were crucified. Maximus declared one day he would get total revenge on him.

Commodus later found Maximus and ordered him to fight him in an arena match. He stabbed Maximus mortally, and the two engaged shortly after. Maximus disarmed Commodus with his sword, and they fought in melee. Though Commodus had a knife and Maximus had only his fists, Maximus took the knife and stabbed Commodus in the jugular, killing him. Maximus died of his wounds shortly after the battle. While Maximus was carried away by the people, Commodus was left on the ground, dead, treated like a dog.

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