Commodus Report


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Latin 3 Report on Commodus. Make a handout with important facts; map, poster, or PowerPoint as a visual aid; 2-5 minute presentation; have 3 sources; 3 discussion questions; activity is extra credit (I didn't do an activity)



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  • Son Marcus Aurelis and Faustina
  • Born in Lanuvium 161 CE
  • Spent teen years on the frontlines with his father
  • Educated intellectually, not militarily
  • After father’s death, surrendered to tribes, people had high hopes, thought he would rule like his father


  • Coins showed him as warrior
  • Popular for most of his rule
  • Generous
  • Taxed the Senatorial class
  • Made him popular with the people
  • But disliked in the Senate


  • Obsessed with Hercules
  • Carried lion skin and club
  • Fought in the Coliseum (always won)
    • Considered scandalous
    • Charged 1 million sesterces/fight (lots of $$)
  • Great archer
  • Refounded Rome (so he could claim himself as the founder)
  • Renamed the months to correspond with his titles
  • Renamed the population Commodianus
  • Made the years correspond to his age


  • Caesar age 5
  • Germanicus age 11
  • Imperator age 16
  • Co-Augusts age 17
  • Emperor age 19
  • God age 29
  • Dead age 31


  • Several attempts made on his life
  • On 31 December 192, an athlete Narcissus strangled him in the baths
  • Senate rolled back most of his changes
  • After him the year of the five emperors


  1. Why was Commodus murdered?
  2. Why do you think he was crazy?
  3. Did his intellectual education cause him to rebel?


  1. “Commodus” Wikipedia
  2. “Commodus” Encarta (pay edition)