- Feb 2019
In the sense of filling his predecessor's shoes. Let's take Commodus for example. He was the first emperor "born in the purple", and his father is up to this day an example of one of the most outstanding human beings who ever lived. I can only imagine the pressure he felt to not be a major disappointment with most people inevitably drawing parallels between his reign and Marcus'. It somewhat explains the propaganda he initiated, since by sheer character and competence, it was nigh impossible to match his father's legacy. What other even more more burden crushing examples do we have in history?