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The Gladiator which was released into movie theatres during the summer of 2000 shows a graphic description of how gladiators fought to the death in coliseums The story is basically about Maximus a well-respected general who is stripped of his rank when the evil Commodus takes over the Roman Empire in 180 AD Maximus finds himself fighting for his life in the vicious gladiator arenas where he uses his fame to spark unrest among the oppressed Roman citizens Eventually Commodus succumbs to the challenge and the two faces off for a battle that will send one man to his death The Gladiator shows the realistic ways of how gladiators were brought to fight in the arena working up the ladder to fame and hopefully release They were treated like slaves and got money for killing even a friend in some cases Usually the ones that are about to die in the Roman coliseum were condemned prisoners professional gladiators Christians or animals The spectacle of the games was often bloody a tradition started in Rome by its earlier conquerors the Etruscans But not until the reign of Commodus 180-192 AD did Roman citizens witness wholesale slaughter by a Caesar himself dressed as a gladiator and acting like a madman There is some truth to the story behind The Gladiator Commodus was only 18 years old when his father Marcus Aurelius died on the battlefield His father made time to fight on the battlefield and also to do government work On the other hand his son Commodus was more interested in make-believe battles in the arena more than anything else Romes arena the Coliseum Il Coliseo was named for a colossal statue of Nero that once stood nearby at the Domus Aurea Holding fewer spectators 50000 than the nearby Circus Maximus which accommodated more than 200000 people the Coliseum had 80 arched entrances on the ground floor Originally made of wood it was rebuilt of stone
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