"The Emperor Commodus Leaving the Arena at the Head of the Gladiators", a 19th-century painting by Edwin Blashfield. #Commodus
There's a Roman Emperor from the Antonine Dynasty named Commodus who was famously known for his huge passion for the gladiatorial combat. Commodus was extremely proud of his physical prowess and thought of himself as the reincarnation of Hercules. He frequently emulating the legendary hero's feats by appearing in the arena as gladiator.
In the arena, Commodus always won since his opponents always submitted to the emperor. Often, wounded soldiers and amputees would be placed in the arena for Commodus to slay with a sword. Citizens of Rome missing their feet through accident or illness were also taken to the arena, where they were tethered together for the Emperor to club to death while pretending they were giant. Moreover, for each appearance in the arena, he charged the city of Rome a million sesterces, straining the Roman economy.
Commodus was also known for fighting exotic animals in the arena, often to the horror of the Roman people. It was reported that he once killed 100 lions in a single day. Later, he decapitated a running ostrich with a dart and afterwards carried the bleeding head of the dead bird over to the section where the Senators sat and gesticulated as though they were next. However, the senators actually found this more ridiculous than frightening, and chewed on laurel leaves to conceal their laughter.