HADRIAN and Antinous. The Romans invaded Britain in 43CE, conquering England and Wales, but not Scotland. Scotland was home to the warlike Picts and Caledonians, whom the legions had not been able to subdue. When Hadrian became Emperor in CE 117 he wanted to consolidate the empire, not expand, and built several walls in different countries and continents, including northern England.Hadrian's Wall was 73 miles long, 8 to 10 feet wide, and took 6 years to build.
COMMODUS (161-192), son of Marcus Aurelius was the first emperor was happening in his father's throne from the reign of Titus. His reign was exemplary as he ruled with his father, but after his death degenerated into an uncontrollable paranoia that brought the empire to its greatest crisis since the governments of Caligula, Nero or Domitian. He was killed and his death marked the return of civil wars.
TRAJANUS (53 AD to 117 AD) was the thirteenth Roman Emperor from 98 AD until his death and was officially declared by the Roman senate as "the best emperor". Trajan presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history and Rome attained its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, which earned him an enduring reputation as the second of the "Five Good Emperors".
Joaquim Phoenix as Commodus and Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius in one of the key scenes from the masterpiece of Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR (2000), an impressive historical reconstruction of Imperial Rome, a film of epic adventures with great heroic deeds and bloody battles, and an intimate story of ambition, political intrigue, and revenge, which highlights the interpretation of Russell Crowe, exquisite containment of Connie Nielsen and the roles of Oliver Reed and Derek Jacobi.
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Christopher Plummer was excellent as the fool and cruel emperor Commodus in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (Anthony Mann, 1964), it is a memorable epic drama about the greatness and meanness of imperial Rome, along with the love story, of the general Livius and the emperor's daughter, Lucilla, played by Stephen Boyd and Sophia Loren. Also noteworthy are the performances of Alec Guinness, Anthony Quale, John Ireland, Omar Sharif and Mel Ferrer.
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James Mason as the wise Timonides, and Sir Alec Guinness as Marcus Aurelius, the stoic Emperor, in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (Anthony Mann, 1964), it's a memorable epic drama about the greatness and meanness of imperial Rome, represented by the heir and future emperor Commodus, masterfully played by Christopher Plummer, along with the love story, of the general Livius and the emperor's daughter, Lucilla, played by Stephen Boyd and Sophia Loren.
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