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Ancient Rome 176-192AD Commodus Silver Denarius Very Good (VG-8) $

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Ancient Rome 176-192AD Commodus Silver Denarius Very Good (VG-8)

Commodus became Emperor of Rome following the death of his father Marcus Aurelius on March 17, 180, though he ruled jointly with his father from 177. Commodus' reign is thought as marking the end of a golden age of peace and prosperity in the history of the Roman Empire. His recorded actions show a rejection of his father's policies and advisors. According to accounts, Roman Citizens were often killed for making him angry. Commodus was assassinated on December 31, 192 by a wrestler in the bath who held him underwater, subsequently drowning him, after his mistress Marcia, the prefect Laetus, and his chamberlain Eclectus were found on a list of people to be executed.

Contrary to a theme made popular by the movie Gladiator, Commodus did not murder his father, however he did have a passion for gladiatorial combat, and would take up arms in the amphitheater for sport. History records Commodus as having killed 100 lions in a single day in the colosseum.

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