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If you remember the movie Gladiator, Commodus was fictionalized in the role played by Joaquin Phoenix.
Yes, I remember seeing the film, but have never been one for remembering details of characters, except for a few with musiic and dancing!
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In real life he was vain, murderous and incompetent and sunk the empire into tawdry spectacle erecting statues of himself as Hercules and taking part in fixed gladiatorial competitions in the forum which he charged the empire for his appearances in order to enrich himself which put it on the path to economic hardship and decline.

He generally acted like a vicious, petty, tyrant until he was assassinated in a palace plot by the senate and even his own family members if I remember accurately. His reign was the start of a descent into civil war for Rome.
Thank you - that is interesting and I didn't know that. A very unpleasant character with no redeeming features it would seem - and yes, one can certainly see a resemblance to Trump!
Julius Caesar did have redeeming features, didn't he, looked after his armies and rewarded them with lands. These may not have been his to give of course, but that is all history.

Susan

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Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 353 Nolondil 12-Nov-20 01:26
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Re: Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 69 Sirius7237 17-Nov-20 18:34
Re: Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 59 Susan Doris 17-Nov-20 23:37
Re: Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 97 Sirius7237 18-Nov-20 00:48
Re: Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 108 Susan Doris 18-Nov-20 06:17
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Re: Julius Caesar and the decline of the Roman Republic 22 Sirius7237 17-Feb-21 18:58
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