Commodus – Real and Movie Imagined

Bust of a Young Commodus

Commodus as Hercules – the Capitoline Museum


From the Capitoline Museum – a bust of Commodus

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, now known as the Castel_Sant’Angelo (the statue of the Archangel Michael on the rooftop was added during Christian times)


Christopher Plummer, best known for The Sound of Music, plays Commodus – The Fall of the Roman Empire, opposite Stephen Boyd

Christopher Plummer as Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire

Alec Guinness The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) – This is just too good to be true! Sir Alec played Marcus Aurelius.

And Now…The Best Known Commodus of Them All!

Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar nominated turn as Commodus

Joaquin’s Commodus Sticks Out His Tongue

Commodus as played by Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator

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