Research Questions

  • How often and in what manner does Commodus depict his relation to Marcus Aurelius on inscriptions and coins before/after 180 AD?
  • Depictions of Commodus as Hercules and consequences of deification.
  • How is Commodus mentioned in inscriptions as he grew disinterested in government affairs?
  • Do images differ based on value of coins?
    • Does this suggest different messages wanting to be relayed to different classes?
  • How is Commodus’ wife represented on coins?