Sergius, one of Nero's most powerful gladiators, prior to an impending contest in the arena, goes into the country, where, in his travels, he encounters Florin, a shepherdess, with whom he falls in love. Floria makes Sergius her idol, worshiping his enormous strength. But the vast divergent trait in their characters is disclosed when one of Floria's lambs is wounded, causing her genuine misery, which completely mystifies Sergius, who ridicules her anxiety for the suffering animal. A little later, Sergius marries Floria, and takes her to Rome, where he intoxicates her to the wealth and luxuries of the city. All is new and wonderful to the simple shepherdess, but one day, prompted by curiosity, she follows Sergius to the arena. Through an opening in the wall, she sees her husband, stripped for battle, awaiting his opponent. Soon the contesting gladiator appears, unwilling to fight, and driven out by lashes. With a sickening heart she watches the cruel contest. Her husband gains the ...
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