Commodus was the first natural born son of an emperor to succeed his father in almost a century. His reign saw the good government of the last ”Five Good Emperors“, who were all adopted, replaced with an increasingly dictatorial style of leadership that culminated in a God-like personality cult. Increasingly a megalomaniac, he believed himself to be the reincarnation of the god Hercules. He brought dishonor to the office of the emperor by fighting in the arena against wild animals and even in gladiatorial combat. He was finally assassinated and posthumously declared a public enemy by the Senate.