Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last of the â€œFive Good Emperorsâ€. He was gifted with a brilliant mind, and his influence brought peace, both at home and abroad. However, as Marcus entered his final years, the question of succession was raised, and tempers flared. A secret feud flared up between the aristocrats and soldiers who supported Commodus, Marcusâ€™s son, and those who supported General Cassius. The feud grew more desperate, and less secret, day by day. As Romeâ€™s days of peace began to draw to a close, a new gladiator arrived at the Colosseum.