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Commodus - Fact vs Fiction
"The movie "Gladiator" (2000) showed the emperor Commodus as a neurotic megalomaniac. What are the historical facts?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
When was the boy destined to become Emperor Commodus born?
Commodus was the son of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. How many children did the couple have? (Hint: fortnight)
How did Commodus come to be emperor?
He was his father's designated heir.
He killed his father to keep the military from gaining power.
He killed his father to keep the Senate from gaining power.
After his father's death, he killed his rivals.
Commodus celebrated a triumph for his final VICTORIOUS completion of the military campaign against the Danube tribes which Marcus Aurelius had been waging at the time of his death.
Which of these best characterises the reign of Commodus? (Hint: He had plenty of time at home to indulge in bizarre gladiatorial extravaganzas.)
It was a time of much military strife and much political unrest.
It was a time of little military strife and much political unrest.
It was a time of little military strife and little political unrest.
It was t time of much military strife and little political unrest.
Did Emperor Commodus' sister actually organise a conspiracy against him?
Was the Roman Senate's resistance to Commodus actually led by Senator Gracchus, as shown in the film "Gladiator"?
Emperor Commodus liked to portray himself as a godlike figure of physical and spiritual power. To which classical figure did he often liken himself?
Did Emperor Commodus actually fight against gladiators?
No, he only fought "wild beasts"
Yes, but only in his private arena
Yes, often, both in private and in public
No, but he competed as a charioteer
How did Emperor Commodus die? (Hint: The assassins had to resort to their 'backup' plan.)
He was strangled.
He was poisoned.
He died of natural causes.
He was killed in the arena during combat.
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