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Definition: Brutal, cruel Roman emperor (son of Marcus Aurelius) who didn't do much in the way of making his people respect him. He delighted in shocking the people with public spectacles of cruelty, and he had many innocent people killed because they were suspected of treason.

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Ancient Rome
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Roman Emperors Timeline
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Roman Emperors: Commodus
Details some of the cruelties brought about by Commodus's short but bloody reign.

Throne of the Caesars: Commodus
Find out more about how Commodus came to power, how he kept it, and how he lost it.

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