Commodus

By Carter

Rise to power

Commodus became king when his father died.

Major achievements while in power

Commondus made a treaty with the Marcomanni. The treaty proved very successful in pacifying the barbarians, forcing them to accept various conditions.

Fall from power of death?

On December 31, 192, his advisers had him strangled by a champion wrestler. Following his announcement the day before that he would assume the consulship dressed as a gladiator.

Lasting influence?

He gave Rome a new name, Colonia Commodiana (Colony of Commodus). He imagined that he was the God Hercules, entering the arena to fight as a gladiator to kill lions with bow and arrow.