March 17, 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest Roman emperors and distinct philosopher, is dying in the outskirts of the empire he has consolidated himself, by pacifying the neighboring peoples. His only son and heir is Marcus Commodus, a strong man who prefers to fight as a gladiator in the arena. Ursus will find himself fighting the emperor in the arena, and in the midst of political intrigue. Written by
Desperate Men Against a Savage Tyrant!
Did You Know?
Of all the onscreen portrayals of Commodus, Sergio Ciani
's is probably the closest to the real emperor. The real Commodus was athletic and muscular. In reality, Commodus, as in the film, did enjoy performing as a gladiator. He was also said to have been a skilled swordsman and marksman. See more
The film shows a maniacal Commodus attempting to wipe out the Christians, but the real Commodus did not pursue his father's prohibitions against the Christians. He relaxed persecutions after minor efforts early in his reign. It is even believed that the reign of Commodus inaugurated a period of numerous conversions to Christianity. See more