Within the yr 180, the demise of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is likely one of the Roman military’s most succesful and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus’ devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is about to be executed. He escapes, however is captured by slave merchants. Renamed Spaniard and compelled to develop into a gladiator, Maximus should battle to the demise with different males for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle expertise serve him properly, and he turns into one of the crucial well-known and admired males to combat within the Colosseum. Decided to avenge himself towards the person who took away his freedom and laid waste to his household, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and ability within the ring to avenge the lack of his household and former glory. Because the gladiator begins to problem his rule, Commodus decides to place his personal combating mettle to the take a look at by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the demise.