Editor says, what if Pompeianus had succeeded Marcus Aurelius as Co-Ruler? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Commodus succeeded his father as sole emperor. In his short reign, he proved at times wildly popular by devaluing the currency as using the extra money for spectacles and games for the people as well as paying exorbitant salaries to the Praetorian Guard. Commodus seemed to have little interest in administration, instead handling public relations while the government weakened. He descended into megalomania and was assassinated in 192, leading to civil war in the Year of the Five Emperors. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.