Commodus in Roman Biography
Com'mo-dus, [Fr. Commode, ko'mod',] (Lucius
/Ei.ius Aurelius,) a Roman emperor, born in 161 A.D.,
was the son 0/ Marcus Aurelius and Faustina. He succeeded
his father in 180, and found the empire prosperous.
Though he had been carefully educated, he soon
exhibited a character which inspires unmixed detestation.
He resigned the direction of the government to his
favourites Perennis and others, and indulged his cruel
temper and evil passions without restraint. He ordered
his wife Crispina to be put to death, and took a concubine
named Marcia. His subjects were required to offer
homage to him as Hercules. Many senators and others
were doomed to death by his cruelty. His officers Laetus
and F.clectus having conspired with Marcia against
him, he was poisoned and strangled in 192 A.D., and Pertinax
then became emperor.
See Tillfmont, "Histoire des Empereurs :" Dion Cassiu.%
History of Rome :" Lampridius, "Commodus."
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