Karen Orellana: How Evil Was Commodus?

After reading the following sections I have come to the conclusion that Commodus had an obsession with Hercules and craved power and authority. He did some really awful and cruel things just so he could gain power. Commodus would torture people and do it for his own amusement. There were several acts that showed how cruel of a person he was he shot hundreds of animals with arrows because in his opinion they were useless. Another explain as it states in the passage is that “he put a starling on the head of one man who, as he noticed, had a few white hairs, resembling worms, among the black, and caused his head to fester through the continual pecking of the bird’s beak — the bird, of course, imagining that it was pursuing worm”. He also had handsome men killed. I would say that Commodus was a evil, angry, corrupt human begin. His actions were so inhumane. The sculpture below is called The Bust of Commodus as Hercules. Just by the look of it you can tell that the sculpture signifies power. In the sculpture he holds some fruits in one hand and something that looks like a club on the other hand. The sculpture also wearing a lions head as a headpiece. The lion to me represents power and authority.