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The Emperer's Daughter
|The daughter of a dying emperer is also
the sister of a man who gains power by force. Her Father
Marcus tells her that if only she was a man she could
rule Rome with grace. But instead the Emperer has two
choices for the heir to the empire, his son Commodus, and
a trusted General Marcus. The daughter learns that her
father has died supposedly in his sleep, but she knows
better. She suspects her brother of killing her own
father to assure his rise to power but she remains silent
because of lack of proof and fear for the life of her own
son. Her brother Commodus pursues her sexually and uses
her son as a barganing chip to get just what he wants in
any situation. Before her father's death, she was told to
take care of her brother by her own father. This leaves
one wondering if her father knew of his son's encounters
with his daughter, or if he even suspected he would be
killed by his own son.
While serving as emperer her brother Commodus exerted constant contempt for the Roman Senate and their people. Only this woman could see to it that necessary paperworks were signed and plague ridden communities taken care of. After witnessing the corruption, hatred, and demise of Rome because of her brother she schemes with captured General Maximus, who fights as a Gladiator. Her plan is to smuggle him out of Rome where he can meet up with his former soldiers in the woods and then ride back into Rome and kill Commodus to restore the glory of Rome. Her brother becomes suspicious of her and anticpiates such actions may be on the horizon and takes appropriate measures. When her son tells Commodus that he wishes to be a gladiator and not a member of the Roman legion, Commodus is furious and seeks further "comfort" from his sister.
The sister engaged in a secret admiration of Maximus. She plans for the restoration of Roman Glory and the death of her own brother who is the emperer. She is a pivotal character that represents just how gender lines of power may have been blurred even since man's early kindgoms and civilizations.
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