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In the movie many things portrayed are the same as what really happened in Roman history Some things though are a little different in the actual history of Rome than in the movie Scenes were changed in the movie too to make the plot more interesting I connected what I could between the movie and the actual history of Rome Maximus was the general of Rome and a really good general at that He lead Rome to many victories He was so great and loyal that in the movie Marcus Aurelius actually asked him to succeed him in the throne When Commodus heard this from his father he killed him and sentenced Maximus to death When Maximus escaped he was picked up by a group of men and sold as a slave to become a gladiator As a gladiator he fought many different types of gladiators Quicker ones had nets with tridents and slower ones had curved swords with shields There were some gladiators that even had chariots In the actual history of Rome there really were different types of gladiators The gladiators with the net and trident were called the retarius The gladiator with the curved sword and shield were called the samnite Im not too sure if there were gladiators that used chariots as their weapons but it sounds likely since it is thought that the colosseum was filled up and used for boat wars Using chariots would be easy for them and entertaining for the crowd Theres a scene in the movie where its a one on one battle between Maximus and a champion gladiator Maximus is barely armed and protected All he has is a sword and shield I believe The other man has two swords a mask for protection and heavy armor This shows how each type of gladiator was to fight a different kind of gladiator so the match would be even and fair In the movie Commodus is
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