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The reign of Commodus turned on a botched assassination attempt orchestrated by his sister in 182 AD.
96- The Most Aptly Named Emperor
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Marcus elevated Commodus to the position of co-Emperor and then died a few years later while campaigning in the north.
The Column of Marcus Aurelius (click on the image for an impressive amount of detail):
The column used to be topped by a statue of Marcus, but was replaced by a statue of St Paul in the late 1500s (Trajan's column was topped by St. Peter at the same time).
Marcus confronts German prisoners:
Marcus passing judgment from the seat of Justice:
A German council of war:
The Rain Miracle:
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In 175 Avidius Cassius led a revolt that forced Marcus to postpone his final triumph on the Danube.
94- Revolt and Meditations
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The Romans fought a series of campaigns against a coalition of German tribes from 168-175. They were on the verge of total victory when news arrived of a rebellion in the east.
93- The Marcomannic Wars
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