Commodus: I think I understand my own people. Gracchus: Then perhaps Caesar will be so good as to teach us, out of his own extensive experience? Commodus: I call it love, Gracchus. I am their father. The people are my children. I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly... Gracchus: Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, sire? Commodus: No, but if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you shall.


Commodus is disinterested in matters of the state. He walks about the floor of the Senate playing with his sword.