Thirteen years after Commodus defeats Maximus, Lucius is still living in his uncle's palace. Sara chapter 1 . Eventually, Commodus’s attitude had utterly violent consequences—and the attacks came from those closest to him. She was the wife of her father's co-ruler Lucius Verus and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. Share with: Link: Copy link. Yet it was surely still better than remaining a slave. Rather than be executed, this daughter of Marcus Aurelius committed suicide. He simply watched Lucius sleeping and probably was pondering the thoughts of what it must be like to be loved by Lucilla. Commodus dreams about his sister confessing her love to him. Commodus (31 August 161 – 31 December 192), born Lucius Aurelius Commodus and died Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus, was Roman Emperor from AD 180 to 192. Freisenbruch, Annelise, Caesars’ Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire, Free Press, 2011. As soon as Lucilla interupts him, Commodus remarks on how happy he is because he is loved.-Peter He also ruled as co-emperor with his father Marcus Aurelius from 177 until his father's death in 180.. His accession as emperor was the first time a son had succeeded his biological father since Titus succeeded Vespasian in 79. This meant that, in the year 164AD, she became Empress of Rome. Share. Leading men in the Empire were viewed with suspicion and often removed from the picture, regardless of their loyalty or not. Suetonius a possible lover of Sabina: One interpretation of, Lover of Hadrian: Lambert (1984), p. 99 and. Poor Lucilla of the movie. Lucilla was a daughter of the Emperor of Rome by the time of 180 CE. Not a pirates vid?! Commodus suspects Lucilla of betraying him and threatens to kill Lucius unless she tells him about the plot. Lucilla, Maximus and Gracchus plot to kill Commodus The romantic relationship between Lucilla and Maximus is clearly evident, and it truly angers Commodus. You really gave more depth to the relationship between Commodus and Lucilla. In fact, according to some sources, Lucilla is the one sister with whom Commodus does not have sexual relations. Maximus, however, isn't only the character in Gladiator who's bent on revenge. When Marcus Aurelius tells Commodus his decision, Commodus - who has always felt unloved and ignored by his father - flies into a rage and strangles him. Commodus really did have a sister Lucilla, and she hated her brother. In Gladiator, Commodus is giving himself life by kiling his father. Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the daughter of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.For genus of land snail, see Lucilla (gastropod). I love this. Leading men in the Empire were viewed with suspicion and often removed from the picture, regardless of their loyalty or not. After battling with the Germans, the general Maximus, weary of battle, decides to retire at his Spanish farm estate at the Emperor's behest, but the Emperor tells him that Commodus is unfit to rule and thus appoints him as regent to help save Rome from corruption. Emperor Commodus/Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla; Commodus/OC - Relationship; Lucius/OC; Commodus/Lucius; Lucius Verus (Gladiator) Emperor Commodus; Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla; Jealousy; Threats; Family Drama ; Emperor - Freeform; Slight Rape Mention; Revenge; Summary. Hmmm... Quite interesting... Perhaps she was the only woman he loved, and he knew it would always be so. Moderator:JamesMouse. I'm not sure if this is being discussed somewhere else... and I'll probably open a can of worms, but hey - it's never stopped me before. Not one to sit around, she started plotting his downfall. Commodus is an arrogant man who lusts for power which led him into killing his own father and would do anything to get rid of anyone that may threaten his claim to the throne. Commodus suspects Lucilla of betraying him and threatens to kill Lucius unless she tells him about the plot. As an unattached link to Emperor Aurelius and to the late co-Emperor Verus and because of her royal-born offspring, Lucilla was not destined for a long widowhood, and thus, a short time later, in 169, her father arranged a second marriage for her with Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus Quintianus from Antioch. Lucilla, Maximus and Gracchus plot to kill Commodus The romantic relationship between Lucilla and Maximus is clearly evident, and it truly angers Commodus. She was the wife of her father's co-ruler Lucius Verus and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. Lucilla’s maternal grandparents were Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and Roman Empress Faustina the Elder and her paternal grandparents were Domitia Lucilla and praetor Marcus Annius Verus. Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (March 7, 148 or 150–182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger. Lucius Verus died around 168/169 while returning from the war theater in the Danube region, and as a result, Lucilla lost her status as Empress.[2]. He would be the first emperor born while his father was the emperor and the last to inherit the throne as the previous five emperors (i… When Maximus and Lucilla are first shown in the movie, the viewer can see right away that there is heat between the two. Commodus is that old stand-by of the dynastic drama, the disappointing son. Commodus (/ ˈ k ɒ m ə d ə s /; 31 August 161 – 31 December 192) was Roman emperor jointly with his father Marcus Aurelius from 176 until his father's death in 180, and solely until 192. What Paula describes happens early on. The dying Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, who wants to return Rome to its former glory and hand his power over to a suitable ruler. You won't get any argument from me about that! ((Copyrights where they are due)) What? Denis Ripamonti 141,006 views. Lucilla was at one time married to Lucius Verus, as her son tells Maximus in the film. Commodus isn't only motivated by politics—he's also motivated by (you got it) revenge. Lucius Aurelius Commodus was born to the philosopher/king and Faustina the Younger at Lanuvium, a city fourteen miles southeast of Rome on August 31, 161 CE. I think that Commodus is not influenced by Falco, because he doesn't accept the senator's proposal to kill Max. Commodus becomes very suspicious and threatens Lucius. His father, Marcus Aurelius, is a noble philosopher-king, but Commodus is no chip off the old block. Commodus' sister Lucilla and the chief senator Gracchus secure a meeting with Maximus, and he obtains their promise to help him escape Rome, rejoin his soldiers, topple Commodus by force, and hand power over back to the Senate. [2] At the same time, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus were fighting a Parthian war in Syria. Lucilla, Commodus’ sister, a widowed mother and tortured soul who had to resist his brother’s incestuous advances. Enraged at the lineage crisis this created, Commodus falsely accused Bruttia of adultery—and, just like his sister Lucilla, had her banished to Capri and then executed. ), Roman Women, University Of Chicago Press, 1999. Balsdon, J.P.V.D., Roman Women, Barnes & Noble Inc, 1998. Italics indicates a junior co-emperor, while underlining indicates a usurper. Commodus is the main antagonist in the 2000 film, Gladiator. He (typical) doesm't have a mother. He was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in the 2000 film Gladiator. Maximus, however, isn't only the character in Gladiator who's bent on revenge. As it was his sister, Commodus chose not to execute Lucilla. Share with: Link: Copy link. He simply watched Lucius sleeping and probably was pondering the thoughts of what it must be like to be loved by Lucilla. His father, Marcus Aurelius, is a noble philosopher-king, but Commodus is no chip off the old block. Commodus' Love for Lucilla. Commodus becomes very suspicious and threatens Lucius. [4], Quintianus' nephew, brandishing a dagger or sword, bungled the assassination attempt. Later, Commodus discovers that Lucilla and the chief senator Gracchus have been supporting Maximus in planning to escape from Rome to build a rebellion to overthrow Commodus and restore the Senate. The plot failed, and Commodus retaliated by executing a number of leading senators. Don't cross it off your list - Halle really deserved the Oscar.___________________ "Do you think thats the way it is with our dreams and our nightmares? Lucilla and Commodus' relationship is very interesting indeed. ), Lappin Linda (Transl. Commodus ordered Lucilla's execution after a failed assassination and coup attempt when she was about 33 years old. [2], In light of her brother's unstable rule, in 182 Lucilla became involved in a plot to assassinate Commodus and replace him with her husband and herself as the new rulers of Rome. To me, the movie kinda hinted at her having a thing for Gladiator. Share. In 182 AD, his sibling Lucilla plotted along with a … Lucilla conspired against Commodus, and attempted to have him assassinated in 182 CE. Commodus would do anything to gain that special love from Lucilla because he is so interested in a relationship with her. The antagonist in the story, he is the son of Marcus Aurelius. Fraschetti, Augusto, (Ed. Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (7 March 148 or 150 – 182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger. At this marriage, she received her title of Augusta and became a Roman Empress. She was the wife of her father's co-ruler Lucius Verus and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. It is shocking scene but there is much more to the story. [1] Verus, 18 years her senior, became her husband three years later in Ephesus in 164. His reign is commonly considered to mark the end of the golden period of peace in the history of the Roman Empire known as the Pax Romana.. Peck, Harry Thurston, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1898. In 182 Commodus’s sister Lucilla conspired with a group of senators to assassinate him. I like that you didn't need to focus on Maximus-the relationship with her brother was much more important. In 172, Lucilla and Quintianus accompanied Marcus Aurelius to Vindobona (now Vienna) in support of the Danube military campaign and were with him on 17 March 180, when Aurelius died and Commodus became the new emperor. Lucilla, sister of Commodus (Image: AlexanderVanLoon/Public domain) Other people reached this conclusion much earlier in his reign. Lucilla was not happy living the quiet life of a private citizen in Rome, and hated her sister-in-law Bruttia Crispina. He was the brother of Princess Lucilla, and uncle of Lucius. As he burst forth from his hiding place to commit the deed, he boasted to Commodus "Here is what the Senate sends to you", giving away his intentions before he had the chance to act. Commodus was in love with his sister Lucilla but she didn't love him back. Shortly after his ascension Commodus altered his name to Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. 4/4/2001 . Lucilla In AD 182 his own sister Annia Lucilla, together with her cousin, the former consul Marcus Ummidius Quadratus, were involved in a plot to assassinate him. It's revealed that they once had a relationship, but the audience is never told why it ended. Being Commodus's new toy was hardly desirable, at least not to those who knew what he was really like. The director seems to hint that the politics changed Lucilla which brought them apart. She spent much time in Rome, while Verus was away from Rome much of the time, fulfilling his duties as a co-ruler. Commodus is the main antagonist in the 2000 film, Gladiator. This is mostly confusing because it seems like the relationship between the two could work out in the end. You can see in his relationship with Falco that he is young and influenced by the people around him. She lived into her fifties until, in A.D. 212, her death was ordered by Emperor Caracalla. Exclude Relationships Anna Aurelia Galeria Lucilla/Maximus Decimus Meridius (10) Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus | Emperor Commodus/Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla (3) Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (1) Katniss Everdeen/Madge Undersee (1) Seneca Crane/Katniss Everdeen (1) Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus | Emperor Commodus/Maximus Decimus Meridius (1) Exclude Additional Tags … Hollywood Clips Recommended for you The change meant that any hope of Lucilla becoming Empress again was lost and she and Quintianus returned to Rome. The couple never had a child together, and some historians even think that Commodus was completely sterile. ((Copyrights where they are due)) What? Commodus ordered Lucilla's execution after a failed assassination and coup attempt when she was about 33 years old. His ruthless sister Lucilla quickly got sick of watching Bruttia parade around as Empress, the position she once held, all while her baby brother continued on his useless rule. I think that his father was probably absent often duiring his years of war. One of the most noticeable disorders that Commodus inherits from his damaging relationships is his insestious love for his sister Lucilla. As a young lady, she married her father’s friend, ally and eventual co-ruler, Lucius Versus. Over time, Lucilla became very concerned with her brother Commodus' erratic behaviour and its resulting effect on the stability of the empire. What is not said is that Verus was co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius. Commodus' sister Lucilla and the chief senator Gracchus secure a meeting with Maximus, and he obtains their promise to help him escape Rome, rejoin his soldiers, topple Commodus by force, and hand power over back to the Senate. Lucilla did the same thing, only to be widowed when her husband Lucius Verus died. Lucilla informs Commodus about her plans in order to save her son, and Commodus captures Maximus. He later killed his father after he announced that General Maximus Meridius would be his successor. Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (7 March 148 or 150 – 182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger. The relationship and understanding between Commodus and Lucilla. Lucilla was older than Commodus by about 13 years. Lucilla was at one time married to Lucius Verus, as her son tells Maximus in the film. Fearing that her political power was dwindling, Lucilla plotted to have Commodus assassinated, and once the plot was thwarted, Commodus had Lucilla executed. He was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. He has Gracchus arrested and orders his men to kill off Maximus' conspirators. Life lesson: DO NOT SHOUT YOUR ULTRA SECRET MURDER PLANS AT PEOPLE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE QUIETLY SNEAKING UP ON Also don’t ever hire some guys cousin via giphy Lucilla was quickly caught. Born and raised in Rome into an influential political family, Lucilla was a younger twin with her elder brother Gemellus Lucillae, who died around 150. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our. Commodus didn’t stay in the Danube for very long, just enough time to work out a treaty of peace in order to return to Rome for an easier life. So he simply hoped that they both felt it as the lover's love, that that's what it was. By the time Commodus came into power, Lucilla was remarried to politician Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus Quintianus (who had the world's longest name and was, once more, twice Lucilla’s age). We can tell that from the moment we first glimpse Commodus, sprawled in his commodious caravan, but just in case we miss the point Joaquin Phoenix lays on the mincing like a trowel, and the make-up, too. Nice work. And he took his chances to go no further in that thought... Commodus knows nothing about love. Commodus was in love with his sister Lucilla but she didn't love him back. Wife of M. Annius Verus: Giacosa (1977), p. 10. Husband of Ceionia Fabia: Levick (2014), p. 164. His sister’s son he treats like his own because his father is not in the picture any Commodus suspects Lucilla of betraying him and threatens to kill Lucius unless she tells him about the plot. [1][4][5], Commodus ordered the deaths of Quintianus' nephew and of Marcus Ummidius Quadratus Annianus, and banished Lucilla, her daughter and Ummidia Cornificia Faustina to the Italian island of Capri. Husband of Salonia Matidia: Levick (2014), p. 161. (Though to be fair, the only way she’d have gotten that back is if she’d married her brother…ick.) The emperor’s relationship with the senate was irreparably poisoned by this close shave. They had a relationship together many years prior, before Maximus and Lucilla were married to others. Commodus becomes very suspicious and threatens Lucius. In Blade Runner, Roy is commited suicide by killing his father, Tyrell. But, she survived Commodus’ reign, and even had an affair with the short-lived Emperor Pertinax. Paula - now I know what happens in Monster's Ball! Commodus is unable to order the execution of Maximus because the crowd wishes for the gladiator to live. The political turmoil and uproar in Rome: the people versus the senate. He was the tenth of fourteen children and the only son to survive - his twin brother Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antonius died at the age of four. The lonliness you described at growing up in the imperial palace was devastating. Those emperors who followed for the next century would witness a time of both chaos and decline. Set after the scene in which Commodus and Lucilla are on the bed together. He was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. And why in the world would your history teacher think Gladiator was a good film to show to the class anyway?? Commodus then tackled Junior Quintianus to the ground and the assination attempt was foiled. With the death of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in March of 180 CE, the long reign of the five good emperors came to an end and with it so did the Pax Romana (the Roman Peace). 123, but I have to humbly disagree. Julia Balbilla a possible lover of Sabina: A. R. Birley (1997). Commodus did not have an incestuous relationship with his sister Lucilla, as shown in the film. You may need to transfer out of that school. [4] Her son Pompeianus was later murdered by Caracalla.[2]. Commodus (/ ˈ k ɒ m ə d ə s /; 31 August 161 – 31 December 192) was Roman emperor jointly with his father Marcus Aurelius from 176 until his father's death in 180, and solely until 192. Does n't accept the senator 's proposal to kill Maximus as well as all movie fans discuss! Soul who had to resist his brother ’ s innocent wife Bruttia suffered an utterly tragic.... 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