Commodus : The Emperor Of Rome

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Commodus was bred to live like a king but wasn 't born to rule as one. He was the most questionable emperors in the history of Rome. His rise to power is and always will be deliberated. The young emperor inherited the power from his father, Marcus Aurelius, the former emperor of Rome. Commodus was the 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. "Lucius Aurelius Commodus was born on the 31 of August AD 161 at Lanuvium," approximately 14 miles southeast of Rome. "Of the fourteen children of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger, Commodus was the tenth heir of the couple." He was born one of as the counterparts, though his twin sibling deceased when he was only four years old. He has bestowed the name Commodus in celebration of Marcus Aurelius ' co-emperor, who had formerly owned it. Commodus was, in reality, the only son of the royal couple to survive childhood. As the years went by, it was thought that Commodus was a failure to his father due to his absence of a work ethic and disinterest in political life. To some, this was a warning that Commodus was not the biological child of Aurelius, and that his mother had conceived him while engaging in an affair. This scandal was additionally fueled by Commodus’ love for engaging in gladiator battles as an adult, which led to speculation that his father was indeed a gladiator with whom Faustina had an affair. Dissatisfaction aside,

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