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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Augustus, Octavian • Laws banning gambling, drinking, idleness, and divorce. • A great Roman Emperor Caligula • Appointed horse consul. • Killed w/o remorse. • Believed himself to be above the laws of normalcy and decency. Claudius • Defeated the Celts • Married his own niece, Agrippina, who had him murdered. • To maintain power, had his mother and wife murdered. • Persecuted the Christians. • Blamed for the burning of Rome in 64 a.d. • In the final years, was a drunk, spent tons of money, and made enemies in the Senate. • Committed suicide Vespasian • Built the Roman Coliseum • Destroyed the city of Jerusalem Hadrian • Built a wall in Briton separating the Romans from the barbarians. • Made it illegal for master to put slaves to death. Marcus Aurelius • Loved philosophy and wrote “Meditations.” • Devoted to the Roman Empire. Commodus • Poor ruler, spent all of his time at the games. • Was killed at a bathhouse by a wrestler, strangled.