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Originally posted by don Jaime
Yup, he died as a gladiator. Commodus was the nutso son of Marcus Aurelius, the first emperor in a long time to be a natural son (previous emperors had got in the habit of "adopting" quality generals or bureaucrats to succeed them). He had an insane fascination with gladiators and appeared as one on several occasions, and I'm thinking that's how he got himself killed. I don't know about his sister, but he was certainly screwy enough to try it, I reckon. I'll look it up when I get home.
"Caesar" from OL "caedere" (to cut - the first Caesar was delivered by Caesarean section) was the name of a noble family. The famous Gaius Julius Caesar (his dad had the same name) ultimately won the power struggle between the nobles and his side, the mob. He was made dictator for life and lived six months. The power struggle began anew and was finally won by great-nephew Gaius Octavius, who was named heir to his estate and the name Caesar in GJC's will. (A son by Cleopatra was done away with in the process.) Rechristened Gaius Octavius Caesar, with the surname Augustus, he had two grandsons but outlived them. The name was willed to his wife Livia so she could will them to her son, Tiberius. By the time Tiberius' line died out, Caesar had come to mean emperor as much as did one (long dead) family, so all later emperors took it as a title, including Commodus.
Homosexuality was tolerated by Romans; it was considered a Greek affectation. Citizens could only be the seme, and with slaves or freemen. You could lose citizenship for being an uke.
I haven't seen the movie. Looks cool, though.
"Jack the sound barrier. Bring the noise!"-Rat Thing from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." -Bene Gesserit litany against fear