Birthday: August 31, 161 (Virgo)
Born In: Lanuvium
Commodus was a Roman emperor during the early years of the first millennium. Born Lucius Aurelius Commodus, he is known as a ruler who designed a major turning point in Roman history. Commodus was appointed as a co-ruler, at the age of 16, after fighting alongside his father and emperor, Marcus Aurelius, during the ‘Marcomannic Wars.’ He later went on to succeed his father as the emperor, which made him the first Roman prince in nearly 100 years to have been able to take the reins from his biological father. Though Commodus's rule was not marked by any gruesome wars like those of his predecessors, his time on the throne involved various scandals and conspiracies. In the midst of such chaos, Commodus was perceived as a quintessential dictator, which led to him developing a “God complex.” His reign is also remembered as the final chapter of a peaceful time in the Roman Empire which had lasted for about 84 years. Like many Roman emperors before and after him, Commodus was assassinated by the erstwhile Roman military leader. His style of rule and the conspiracies hatched during his reign are often cited as the reasons behind the subsequent “Year of the Five Emperors,” a time which shook the Roman Empire to its foundations.