- Commodus is at his desk, flanked by several guys in togas. He's examining and signing papers of some kind.
- Lucilla enters. He asks her why he (Maximus) is still alive, and says he shouldn't be and that he's vexed that he's alive still.
- He justifies his previous actions, and is annoyed that he was lied to about Maximus' death (by other soldiers).
- Lucilla suggests he not let the legions (divisions of the Roman army) go unpunished.
- The scene ends with Commodus reflecting.