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Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus, commonly referred to as Commodus, was the only surviving son and heir of Marcus Aurelius. He was born in 31 August AD 161 in Lanuvium, south-east of Rome. At the age of five, he, along with his younger brother, Marcus Annius Verus, was named Caesar (junior Emperor).

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Essay Writing PlanIntroduction:Topic: How through a position of power did Commodus have an impact on the history of his time? Hypothesis: Commodus was a disconnected and self-indulgent leader, his inability to rule Rome caused the start of the Imperial Decline Context: Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus, commonly referred to as Commodus, was the only surviving son and heir of Marcus Aurelius. He was born in 31 August AD 161 in Lanuvium, south-east of Rome. At the age of five, he, along with his younger brother, Marcus Annius Verus, was named Caesar (junior Emperor). However the latter later died which left Commodus as the only surviving son and heir. In AD 177, after the revolt of Cassius, Marcus Aurelius gave Commodus the title of Augustus, therefore making him joint emperor. Commodus was 16 at this time and it was accepted that the power still lay primaril

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