Hughie Dwyer Posted February 25 · Member Share Posted February 25 He was the Gladiator Emperor - the emperor everyone knew, but very few liked. Whose marksmanship was unrivalled and left-handed nature was much to his liking. However, in the latter years of his reign, Commodus seemed to have fallen into the depths of insanity. He decided that he was the 'Reincarnation of Hercules' and scarred the name of the Imperial Purple for years to come. Coins were issued with Commodus in the attire of Hercules and statues ordered to please the emperor's deluded ways. " Disgracing the Imperial Purple, he fought wild beasts within the walls of the Colosseum and even changed the name of Rome to 'Colonia Commodiana.' " (From RIC Vol II) Commodus performed his most notable act during the Plebeian Games of 192. Cassius Dio tells us this: " On the first day he killed 100 bears all by himself - shooting down at them from the railings of the balustrade... On other days he would descend from his place above and cut down all the domestic animals that approached him... He also killed a tiger, an elephant and a hippopotamus. Having performed these exploits, he would retire but later he would fight as a Gladiator... He held his shield in his right hand and his wooden sword in his left; and indeed took great pride in the fact that he was left-handed. " (Cassius Dio) Yet, this utter disregard for the Roman Population as well as his extreme arrogance, led to many plots against his life. None were successful until the night of December 31st 192, when Commodus was strangled to death and Pertinax was hurriedly installed as emperor. Anyway, this is a post that I have been saving for some time. I have said before that a Commodus coin in the style of Hercules was number one on my wish-list. And last week, this arrived: I am extremely happy with this purchase (even though it was slightly out of my budget😲) and it looks stunning in hand. Thank you for viewing. Let's see your coins of the 'Unworthy Emperor' or anything else that fits! 15 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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