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Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 20, 2019 02:45PM
Despite David Brooks PBS Newshour remarks about "another week in Cligula's Rome", I instead recommend to you the Emperor Commodus

Emperor Commodus- son of Marcus Aurelius Emperor from 180-192

[en.wikipedia.org]
On his accession as sole ruler, Commodus added the name Antoninus to his official nomenclature, presumably to honor his grandfather, Antoninus Pius. In October 180 he changed his praenomen from Lucius to Marcus, presumably in honour of his father. He later took the title of Felix in 185. In 191 he restored his praenomen to Lucius and added the family name Aelius, apparently linking himself to Hadrian and Hadrian's adopted son Lucius Aelius Caesar, whose original name was also Commodus.

Later that year he dropped Antoninus and adopted as his full style Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus Augustus Herculeus Romanus Exsuperatorius Amazonius Invictus Felix Pius (the order of some of these titles varies in the sources). "Exsuperatorius" (the supreme) was a title given to Jupiter, and "Amazonius" identified him again with Hercules.

An inscribed altar from Dura-Europos on the Euphrates shows that Commodus' titles and the renaming of the months were disseminated to the furthest reaches of the Empire; moreover, that even auxiliary military units received the title Commodiana, and that Commodus claimed two additional titles: Pacator Orbis (pacifier of the world) and Dominus Noster (Our Lord). The latter eventually would be used as a conventional title by Roman emperors, starting about a century later, but Commodus seems to have been the first to assume it.
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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 20, 2019 03:24PM
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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 20, 2019 08:15PM
I routinely associate Trump with a commode.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: March 21, 2019 01:57PM
Somehow, I picture Donald 'The John' Trump more as Nero, except less sane.



=TC
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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: bfd
Date: March 21, 2019 09:58PM


Guggenheim Museum offered one like this to the ingrate. He didn't want it.
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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 22, 2019 12:56PM
Probably because it didn’t come with a big enough check made out to the Trump Crime Family.

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Guggenheim Museum offered one like this to the ingrate. He didn't want it.



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Re: Think Trump is Caligula? Try COMMODUS
Posted by: SteveO
Date: March 24, 2019 02:06AM
Steve G: well said. I can totally see that parallel.
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