Commodus (31 August 161 – 31 December 192), born Lucius Aurelius Commodus and died Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus, was Roman Emperor from AD 180 to 192. And he took his chances to go no further in that thought... Commodus knows nothing about love. With the death of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in March of 180 CE, the long reign of the five good emperors came to an end and with it so did the Pax Romana (the Roman Peace). Lucius Verus died around 168/169 while returning from the war theater in the Danube region, and as a result, Lucilla lost her status as Empress.[2]. Thereafter his rule became increasingly arbitrary and vicious. Denis Ripamonti 141,006 views. We can tell that from the moment we first glimpse Commodus, sprawled in his commodious caravan, but just in case we miss the point Joaquin Phoenix lays on the mincing like a trowel, and the make-up, too. Commodus did not have an incestuous relationship with his sister Lucilla, as shown in the film. Lucilla was a daughter of the Emperor of Rome by the time of 180 CE. Commodus is the main antagonist in the 2000 film, Gladiator. When Maximus and Lucilla are first shown in the movie, the viewer can see right away that there is heat between the two. Sorry for spilling the spoiler, but actually I didn't give much away about Monster's Ball - it's just that that scene reminded me instantly of Gladiator. Commodus really did have a sister Lucilla, and she hated her brother. Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (7 March 148 or 150 – 182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger.She was the wife of her father's co-ruler Lucius Verus and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus.Commodus ordered Lucilla's execution after a failed assassination and coup attempt when she was about 33 years old. You really gave more depth to the relationship between Commodus and Lucilla. Commodus isn't only motivated by politics—he's also motivated by (you got it) revenge. When Marcus Aurelius tells Commodus his decision, Commodus - who has always felt unloved and ignored by his father - flies into a rage and strangles him. Exclude Relationships Anna Aurelia Galeria Lucilla/Maximus Decimus Meridius (10) Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus | Emperor Commodus/Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla (3) Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (1) Katniss Everdeen/Madge Undersee (1) Seneca Crane/Katniss Everdeen (1) Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus | Emperor Commodus/Maximus Decimus Meridius (1) Exclude Additional Tags … Commodus really did have a sister Lucilla, and she hated her brother. Fearing that her political power was dwindling, Lucilla plotted to have Commodus assassinated, and once the plot was thwarted, Commodus had Lucilla executed. Lucilla informs Commodus about her plans in order to save her son, and Commodus captures Maximus. I love this. [2] They married nonetheless and, about a year later, in 170, Lucilla bore him a son named Pompeianus. Not one to sit around, she started plotting his downfall. Hollywood Clips Recommended for you One of the most noticeable disorders that Commodus inherits from his damaging relationships is his insestious love for his sister Lucilla. You may need to transfer out of that school. Not much is known beyond the context of the film. For genus of land snail, see. Uninvited (Commodus and Lucilla) - Duration: 4:48. The only male son of Marcus Aurelius.He lived in the shadow of his father,hoping one day to become the Emperor,but all his dreams were crushed after knowing that … Commodus' Love for Lucilla. Commodus becomes very suspicious and threatens Lucius. Lightman, Marjorie and Lightman, Benjamin, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, Infobase Publishing, 2008. This meant that, in the year 164AD, she became Empress of Rome. Thirteen years after Commodus defeats Maximus, Lucius is still living in his uncle's palace. Commodus's directly responsible for the brutal death of his wife and son, and Maximus vows to continue fighting in the arena until he can find a way to kill Commodus. Lucilla was at one time married to Lucius Verus, as her son tells Maximus in the film. Commodus is unable to order the execution of Maximus because the crowd wishes for the gladiator to live. His father, Marcus Aurelius, is a noble philosopher-king, but Commodus is no chip off the old block. In 182 AD, his sibling Lucilla plotted along with a gathering of senators to kill him. (Though to be fair, the only way she’d have gotten that back is if she’d married her brother…ick.) Sister of Trajan's father: Giacosa (1977), p. 7. What Paula describes happens early on. I think that he has probably been manipulated by people who want to use his power, all of his life. This article is about the daughter of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Argh! Commodus suspects Lucilla of betraying him and threatens to kill Lucius unless she tells him about the plot. Lucilla did what she could to help her, but that was as much as she could offer. The plot failed, and Commodus retaliated by executing a number of leading senators. As he burst forth from his hiding place to commit the deed, he boasted to Commodus "Here is what the Senate sends to you", giving away his intentions before he had the chance to act. Commodus and Lucilla were siblings, and after Commodus married Crispina and favored his children by her over the children of Lucilla, the relationship between Commodus and Lucilla deteriorated. He was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. Commodus has an heir, … Commodus isn't only motivated by politics—he's also motivated by (you got it) revenge. Wife of M. Annius Verus: Giacosa (1977), p. 10. ((Copyrights where they are due)) What? On the 7th March any time between 148-150AD, Anna Aurelia Galeria Lucilla is born. Commodus arranges a duel between him and Maximus and mortally wounds Maximus before the battle, hoping to win the crowd by defeating him gladiator-style. He would be the first emperor born while his father was the emperor and the last to inherit the throne as the previous five emperors (i… Leading men in the Empire were viewed with suspicion and often removed from the picture, regardless of their loyalty or not. Husband of Rupilia Faustina: Levick (2014), p. 163. The marriage to Quintianus gave Lucilla nowhere near the political influence she once had. The only male son of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor. She was the wife of her father's co-ruler Lucius Verus and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. "...for all else is dust and air. Suetonius a possible lover of Sabina: One interpretation of, Lover of Hadrian: Lambert (1984), p. 99 and. In 181 or 182, a conspiracy was unearthed involving Commodus’s sister, Lucilla, and her husband, Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus. Yet it was surely still better than remaining a slave. You may need to transfer out of that school. Lucilla - Lucilla is the daughter of Marcus Aurelius and the brother of Commodus whom lusts for her. Commodus (/ ˈ k ɒ m ə d ə s /; 31 August 161 – 31 December 192) was Roman emperor jointly with his father Marcus Aurelius from 176 until his father's death in 180, and solely until 192. Bubblegumtea 111,779 views. In 172, Lucilla and Quintianus accompanied Marcus Aurelius to Vindobona (now Vienna) in support of the Danube military campaign and were with him on 17 March 180, when Aurelius died and Commodus became the new emperor. Lucilla, sister of Commodus (Image: AlexanderVanLoon/Public domain) Other people reached this conclusion much earlier in his reign. Maximus, however, isn't only the character in Gladiator who's bent on revenge. [2] Her co-conspirators included Publius Tarrutenius Paternus the Praetorian prefect, her daughter Plautia from her first marriage, a nephew of Quintianus also called Quintianus, and her paternal cousins, the former consul Marcus Ummidius Quadratus Annianus and his sister Ummidia Cornificia Faustina. He was a Syrian Roman who was twice consul and a political ally to her father, but Lucilla and her mother were against the marriage as a less than ideal match, partly because Quintianus was at least twice Lucilla's age, but also because he was not of her own Roman nobilis social rank though he was descended from rulers in the East. Lucilla was older than Commodus by about 13 years. [1][4][5], Commodus ordered the deaths of Quintianus' nephew and of Marcus Ummidius Quadratus Annianus, and banished Lucilla, her daughter and Ummidia Cornificia Faustina to the Italian island of Capri. Lucilla did the same thing, only to be widowed when her husband Lucius Verus died. Shortly after his ascension Commodus altered his name to Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. As soon as Lucilla interupts him, Commodus remarks on how happy he is because he is loved. In Gladiator, Commodus is giving himself life by kiling his father. Cat, I saw Monster's Ball yesterday (a rare date with my hubby!). Don't cross it off your list - Halle really deserved the Oscar.___________________ "Do you think thats the way it is with our dreams and our nightmares? As it was his sister, Commodus chose not to execute Lucilla. His reign is commonly considered to mark the end of the golden period of peace in the history of the Roman Empire known as the Pax Romana. His sister’s son he treats like his own because his father is not in the picture any Lucilla’s maternal grandparents were Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and Roman Empress Faustina the Elder and her paternal grandparents were Domitia Lucilla and praetor Marcus Annius Verus. Lucilla, Maximus and Gracchus plot to kill Commodus The romantic relationship between Lucilla and Maximus is clearly evident, and it truly angers Commodus. He has Gracchus arrested and orders his men to kill off Maximus' conspirators. Those emperors who followed for the next century would witness a time of both chaos and decline. Later, Commodus discovers that Lucilla and the chief senator Gracchus have been supporting Maximus in planning to escape from Rome to build a rebellion to overthrow Commodus and restore the Senate. Commodus dreams about his sister confessing her love to him. Life lesson: DO NOT SHOUT YOUR ULTRA SECRET MURDER PLANS AT PEOPLE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE QUIETLY SNEAKING UP ON Also don’t ever hire some guys cousin via giphy Lucilla was quickly caught. He sent a centurion there to execute them later that year. You can see in his relationship with Falco that he is young and influenced by the people around him. Lucilla conspired against Commodus, and attempted to have him assassinated in 182 CE. Julia Balbilla a possible lover of Sabina: A. R. Birley (1997). Commodus's directly responsible for the brutal death of his wife and son, and Maximus vows to continue fighting in the arena until he can find a way to kill Commodus. Commodus was in love with his sister Lucilla but she didn't love him back. What is not said is that Verus was co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius. She spent much time in Rome, while Verus was away from Rome much of the time, fulfilling his duties as a co-ruler. Peck, Harry Thurston, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1898. Fraschetti, Augusto, (Ed. Lucilla, Commodus’ sister, a widowed mother and tortured soul who had to resist his brother’s incestuous advances. Commodus is the main antagonist in the 2000 film, Gladiator. I like that you didn't need to focus on Maximus-the relationship with her brother was much more important. This is mostly confusing because it seems like the relationship between the two could work out in the end. He simply watched Lucius sleeping and probably was pondering the thoughts of what it must be like to be loved by Lucilla. But by the time of the events of the movie, she was married to Pompeianus, a successful Roman general and very trusted by Marcus Aurelius. What type of relationship did Commodus have with Lucilla? What is not said is that Verus was co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius. Born and raised in Rome into an influential political family, Lucilla was a younger twin with her elder brother Gemellus Lucillae, who died around 150. This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 22:03. Maximus, however, isn't only the character in Gladiator who's bent on revenge. However, Maximus, against all odds, defeats Commodus in the duel and stabs him … He ordered his men to find Maximus and bring him to Rome to prepare for his execution. ), Lappin Linda (Transl. He took the throne as regent, but was killed by Maximus in the Colosseum. Poor Lucilla of the movie. Lucilla and Lucius Verus had three children: Lucilla was an influential and respectable woman and she enjoyed her status. [4] Her son Pompeianus was later murdered by Caracalla.[2]. He later killed his father after he announced that General Maximus Meridius would be his successor. 123, but I have to humbly disagree. The antagonist in the story, he is the son of Marcus Aurelius. Freisenbruch, Annelise, Caesars’ Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire, Free Press, 2011. [2], In light of her brother's unstable rule, in 182 Lucilla became involved in a plot to assassinate Commodus and replace him with her husband and herself as the new rulers of Rome. The political turmoil and uproar in Rome: the people versus the senate. After … The marriage to Quintianus gave Lucilla nowhere near the political influence she once had. Italics indicates a junior co-emperor, while underlining indicates a usurper. Moderator:JamesMouse. In the meantime, Commodus knows he can't just kill Maximus because the crowd has become enthralled by him, and as Lucilla says, "the mob is Rome." Commodus (/ ˈ k ɒ m ə d ə s /; 31 August 161 – 31 December 192) was Roman emperor jointly with his father Marcus Aurelius from 176 until his father's death in 180, and solely until 192. Commodus’s innocent wife Bruttia suffered an utterly tragic fate. So he simply hoped that they both felt it as the lover's love, that that's what it was. Sources diverge on the origins of the conspiracy, with some claiming Lucilla was jealous of Commodus’ wife Crispina (incest between Commodus and Lucilla is suggested in Gladiator) while others maintain she saw the first warning signs of her brother’s mental instability. Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (7 March 148 or 150 – 182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger. Rather than be executed, this daughter of Marcus Aurelius committed suicide. Commodus' sister Lucilla and the chief senator Gracchus secure a meeting with Maximus, and he obtains their promise to help him escape Rome, rejoin his soldiers, topple Commodus by force, and hand power over back to the Senate. It is shocking scene but there is much more to the story. The dying Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, who wants to return Rome to its former glory and hand his power over to a suitable ruler. Commodus was in love with his sister Lucilla but she didn't love him back. Gardner, Jane F., Women in Roman Law and Society, Indiana University Press, 1991. Commodus is that old stand-by of the dynastic drama, the disappointing son. 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