Commodus
Caesar, A.D. 166-177
Augustus, A.D. 177-192

Silver Denarius
Rome mint, A.D. 190
Obv: M COMM ANT P F-EL AVG BRITT P P
Rev: LIB AVG P M TR P XV COS - Libertas, standing, facing left, holding pileus and rod
RIC 208
18mm, 2.3g.


Commodus

The ascension of Commodus, the megalomaniacal son of Marcus Aurelius, to emperor after his father's death probably marks the end of the "Golden Age" of Rome. Although he, perhaps wisely, chose to end his father's policy of continuous territorial expansion, choosing instead to maintain and fortify the Empire's borders, he is remembered today more for his erratic behavior and his obsession with gladiatorial combat, as dramatized in the movie "Gladiator."

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