When conspirators sought to eliminate the Roman Emperor Commodus in 192 CE by poisoning him, what went wrong?

Answer: The poison did not work. While Commodus was vomiting violently, the poison was being resisted, either because his excessive eating had negated its effect, or because he had beforehand taken an antidote to poison. Worried that Commodus would likely recover, the conspirators convinced a powerful young nobleman, Narcissus, to strangle the emperor and finish him off.

Source: History of the Roman Empire by Edward Herodian

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