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Maximus was a great warrior in the Roman legion under Emperor Marcus Aurelius His first courageous feat occurs when he defeats the last of the Barbarians of Germaina Leading his army along a 12 year campaign he brought it to an end Next he risks his life as he defies the new Emperor Commodus knowing that this could mean death Commodus was the only son of Marcus Aurelius However Commodus killed his father and took the place of Caesar During his second courageous act his wife and only son are murdered and he is to be executed This changing his journey home as I will discuss as we move on Furthering his acts of heroism he manages to save the lives of many slaves by battling in the arena saving a senator from execution and avenging his wife and son by slaying the emperor His acts of nobility occur when he saves the senator and fulfils the wishes of the dead Marcus Aurelius He gives Rome back to the senate and returns the power back to the people Maximus continuing acts of selfless heroism and putting his life at stake for those who betrayed him make him great His first act of selflessness occurred when he agreed to help out Commodus sister who knowingly let his child wife and almost himself be slain He forgives her and agrees to meet with her senator to help give Rome back His second act of selflessness occurred when he battled in the arena taking on 5 enemies while the other slaves stayed in the back of the entryway Going to his journey home he no longer needed to reach the olive fields with stones that warm in the sun as his child plays and his wife helps with the harvest His journey has changed to get his vengeance and in the end die so he can reunite with his family I bring this up because dieing
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