Commodus

Roman Emperor Commodus Full Name: Commodus [Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus]
Nationality: Roman

Profession: Roman Emperor
Why Famous: Roman Emperor from 180 to 192. He also ruled as co-emperor with his father Marcus Aurelius from 177 until his father's death in 180. Best known for his passion for the gladiatorial games, which he took so far as to take to the arena himself, dressed as a gladiator. His eccentric behaviour raised the ire of many in Rome, and eventually led to his assassination.

Born: August 31, 161
Birthplace: Lanuvium, Italy
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: December 31, 192 (aged 31)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Historical Events in the Life of Commodus

  • 0176-11-27 Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus the rank of Imperator
  • 0177-01-01 Commodus, son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius becomes consul for the first time - at 15 then youngest ever in Roman history
  • 0180-03-17 Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius dies leaving his son Commodus aged 18 as sole emperor
  • 0192-12-31 Roman Emperor Commodus survives poisoning attempt by his mistress only to be strangled in the bath in assassination plot

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