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Lucilla was the beautiful second daughter of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. She was an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. Lucilla did have a past romance with Maximus, when they were both young and had not yet married. The relationship ended, however, and Maximus married and had a son, while Lucilla married, had a son and later was widowed. There is still some tension between Lucilla and Maximus, more so on her part since she is now unattached.

Lucilla also allows her brother Commodus to take liberties with her in a more amorous way than between most brothers and sisters. She later explains that she allows him to do so because she is trying to protect her son, Lucius, from Commodus' anger, although she seems to care for him in some small way. She tells no one that he killed their father and voluntarily comforts him when he is upset.


Lucilla, Empress of Rome

Lucilla later conspired with Senator Gracchus to remove Commodus from power after he grew more unbalanced and dictatorial. She personally goes to Maximus and convinced him to lead his army into Rome and overthrow Commodus. Commodus learns of the plot and has Lucius in his lap when Lucilla returns home. He threatens harm to Lucius and Lucilla backs out of the plot and when Maximus goes to escape, he sees Cicero hung to death. After Commodus receives the news that Maximus was successfully captured, Commodus threatens Lucilla and tells her that if she doesn't comply and obey his order, he will kill her son Lucius. Commodus also informs Lucilla that she will sleep with him and provide him an heir of royal blood. Commodus then says, "Am I not merciful?" to which Lucilla doesn't give a reply. This enrages Commodus who grabs her chin and yells "Am I not merciful?" In the Colosseum, she orders the people to honor Maximus as a soldier of Rome and not Commodus following their deaths.

Lucilla later sends Lucius away to Numidia. Lucius does not understand why and a rift forms between them. 20 years later, the two come into contact again, with Rome have been conquered by new, tyrannical emperors. Brought home to fight as a gladiator, Lucius is shocked to see his mother in the royal box, while Lucilla does not even at first recognize her battered son.