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Political Analysis of Gladiator Katie B The movie Gladiator explores the complex political problem of one mans rapid transformation from general to slave slave to gladiator and gladiator to liberator The bulk of the movie takes place in Ancient Rome during a time of war and the emergence of Christianity It delves into segments of Roman culture political conflicts typical of the era and a myriad of different social classes The story begins in Germania where General Maximus is but one battle away from completing Romes conquest of the area After winning the confrontation portrayed in as bloody and graphic a manner as possible of course Commodus seeks out Maximus and asks for his military support in the future Maximus politely declines and then Emperor Julianus summons Maximus to his tent There he questions Maximus and informs him that he means to declare him Emperor after he dies Maximus protests and Emperor Julianus insists saying Commodus is not a moral man You have known that since you were young It is possible that a Roman Emperor has left the empire to a non-family member while his son still lived but improbable because of the likely political upheaval that would follow As soon as Prince Commodus learns of his fathers designs he kills him Killing a political rival was a common practice in Ancient Rome along with blackmail and bribery tools the use of which has persisted to this day Maximus aware of Commodus patricide refuses to swear fealty to him and is ordered to be put to death Maximus kills his would-be executioners and wounded and loosing blood flees home to his wife and son Upon his arrival he discovers that his little family has been tortured and crucified his fields burnt and sown with salt He lies down in his ruined fields and is picked up by slave traders headed to the Roman province Zucchabar In Zucchabar Maximus is sold to
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