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Encyclopedia > Narcissus (murderer)

Narcissus was a Roman athlete and wrestler from the 2nd century AD. He was employed by emperor Commodus as his wrestling partner and personal trainer in order to train him for his appearances in the Colosseum as a gladiator. In the year 192 AD he was recruited by several senators, led by Praetorian prefect Quintus Aemilius Laetus, to assassinate the emperor. The Roman Forum was the central area around which ancient Rome developed. ... // Events Roman Empire governed by the Five Good Emperors (96–180) – Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius. ... Commodus Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus (originally Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus) (August 31, 161–December 31, 192) was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 180 to 192. ... A personal trainer is a health and fitness professional who is hired for private instruction. ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy: an exterior view of the best-preserved section. ... Pollice Verso, an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ... Events The kingdom of Champa begins to control south and central Vietnam (approximate date). ... Praetorian prefect (Latin Praefectus praetorio) was the constant title of a high office in the Roman state that changed fundamentally in nature. ...

Narcissus did just that on December 31 of that same year. Commodus' mistress and co-conspirator Marcia admitted Narcissus into Commodus' bedchamber. Commodus was supposedly in a drunken stupor after Marcia had poisoned him. Narcissus proceeded to strangle his master in his bathtub or, according to some sources, in his bed. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Marcia (birth and death dates unknown) was the cousin and mistress of 2nd century AD Roman Emperor Commodus. ...

The fictional character of general Maximus Decimus Meridius played by Russell Crowe in the movie Gladiator was partially based on Narcissus, among others. Maximus, portrayed by Russell Crowe. ... Russell Crowe Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning New Zealand-Australian film actor. ... Gladiator was a popular movie that appeared in 2000, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. ...

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Narcissus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (223 words)
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