In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - ... See full summary »
Set during the days of the Roman Empire. A simple village is raided by Roman troops, and most of the people are whisked off to be slaves or killed. Three women survive and set off to ... See full summary »
It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »
A semi-documentary about the life of Verus, a captive from the Rome's Balkan province of Moesia, who is pressed into the harsh life of a slave in Italian rock quarry. He sees no long term future there, so when the owner of a gladiatorial school comes there to recruit prospective fighters for his school, he purposely picks a fight with another slave to attract attention. Both he and Priscus, the Celtic slave, join the school, become friends, and build careers as renowned gladiators, adored by the crowds in the arena and desired by women of the aristocratic class. The Emporer Titus completes his father Vespasian's pet project, the Colosseum, and wants the inaugural games worthy of his memory, so he specifically selects Verus to fight in them. Written by
If you're a Classical addict, watch it. Otherwise...
Odd mix of original language, voice-over (multiple narrators with not distinctive enough voices), filmed drama, attempt at a documentary. I found it enjoyable, because I enjoy nearly everything about the classical world, and enjoy accuracy if the entertainment factor isn't there.
It was nice to see some myths defused, such as gladiators were always killed in the matches. But information regarding the building itself was glossed over. It's an architectural marvel, and deserves as much attention as the bloody spectacles that went on inside.
So if you're a history buff, this isn't boring. If you're not, you may be bored and possibly confused. And it seems that something with this big a budget could have been better. The voice over narrative consists of quotes, the narrator, the subject of the story (Verus the slave), so it gets a bit crowded.
The big cat facts and portrayal were probably the most interesting parts of the video
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