Commodus

Lucilla c.149 – 182 A.D.

Lucilla was the wife of Lucius Verus. After his death she remained influential through the marriage of a senator. In 182 a plot to overthrow Commodus was uncovered in which she played a role and she was subsequently banished to the island of Capri. Fearing that this might not be enough to prevent any future plans of the sort, Commodus had her executed shortly afterwards.   AU Aureus RIC 783 (Marcus Aurelius), C 69 Aureus Obv: LVCILLAEAVGANTONINIAVGF - Draped bust right. Rev: VENVS - Venus standing left, holding apple and scepter. $3,130 5/22/02. RIC 790 (Marcus Aurelius),...

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Faustina II c.128 – 175 A.D.

Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus. Her claim to fame, or rather notoriety, was her rampant unfaithfulness to Marcus Aurelius who, it seemed, was the only Roman who wasn't on to her. Upon her death a mournful Aurelius asked for her deification. Alarmed at the possible scandal but unwilling to test the will of the beloved emperor the Senate complied.   AU Aureus RIC 494b (Antoninus Pius), BMC 1097 (Antoninus Pius), C 19 Aureus Obv: FAVSTINAAVGVSTA - Draped bust left. Rev: AVGVSTIPIIFIL...

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Commodus 177 – 192 A.D.

Commodus vies with Caligula and Nero as Roman history's most perverse and sadistic of rulers. Like Caligula and Nero before, Commodus was an ordinary (by imperial standards) ruler who succeeded Marcus Aurelius, his father, upon his death. In his one major positive deed, Commodus called off the expedition against the Germans which his father had commenced on terms favorable to Rome. He sped off to Rome where he much preferred living the perks of an emperor to the dirty business of waging wars. While he whiled away his time pursuing a hedonistic lifestyle he was happy to delegate administrative responsibilities...

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