Describe the military weapons used against the Germanic tribes.
bow and arrows, shields, swords, fire
How is Maximus viewed by his troops?
They adore him and honor him
What reward does Maximus ask of Marcus Aurelius?
To let him go home
What does Marcus Aurelius ask of Maximus as his last duty to Rome?
To become the protector of Rome and to give power back to the people
What are Marcus Aurelius’ feelings for his daughter Lucilla?
He loves her
What are Marcus Aurelius’ feelings for his son Commodus?
He thinks he can’t rule. He wants Maximus to rule the kingdom
What type of government does Marcus Aurelius want Rome to have after his death?
How does Marcus Aurelius die in the film?
Commodus suffocated him
Where does Maximus go after his escape?
What happens to Maximus’ family?
They are burned and crucified
What happens to Maximus after he returns home?
Picked up by a slave trader
What does Proximo do for a living?
Trains slaves to be gladiators
What are the letters on Maximus’ arm?
Why does he remove them?
Describe the first view that we see of Rome.
It is a parade with Commodus and Lucilla with a crowd shouting
Why does Commodus have 150 straight days of gladiatorial games?
To commemorate his father
Which emperor stopped the gladiatorial games in Rome?
What was the symbol of freedom for a gladiator?
Why does Maximus want to go to Rome and fight in the Coliseum?
He wants to stand in front of the emperor
Describe the entrance into Rome by Maximus and the other gladiators.
They are followed by little kids, in a cart, and they are closed in a gate
What does Commodus plan to do with the Senate?
Which battle is re-enacted in the Coliseum?
When Maximus finally meets the Emperor, why doesn’t he kill him?
The boy is with Commodus so he doesn’t want to hurt the boy
What is Commodus’ reaction when he discovers Maximus’ identity?
He is shocked because he is supposed to be dead
Why does Commodus allow Maximus to live?
The crowd is shouting “Live”
According to Lucilla, why does she live in terror?
She is scared of her brother and her son is the heir to the throne
According the Lucilla, where does Commodus have enemies?
Who does Commodus bring back to defeat Maximus in the arena?
Titus of Gaul
What does the crowd want Maximus to do when he defeats him? What does Maximus do?
He wants him to kill him; he throws his sword
What is the crowd’s reaction to Maximus?
They are screaming his name
When Maximus meets his former servant Cicero, what does he say to him?
Tell them that the general lives
Why won’t Commodus have Maximus killed?
It would make him look merciful. And he would become a martyr
What message does Cicero give to Lucilla?
General sends word that he will meet your politician
When Maximus meets with Senator Gracchus, what is his reason for wanting to give the power in Rome back to the people?
That was the last wish of dying Marcus Aurelius
What happens to Senator Gracchus?
He is arrested
How does Proximo help Maximus?
Arranges for him to meet with Lucilla
What does Lucius say to Maximus that makes Commodus mad?
He is the Savior of Rome
Where might Lucius have heard this from?
His mother, Lucilla
How does Commodus threaten Lucilla?
Threatens to kill Lucius
How does Proximo help Maximus in escaping?
Gives him the key and distracts the soldiers
How does Commodus threaten Lucilla after he foils her plan?
Have Lucius killed; she has to love him and provide an heir
What does Commodus do to Maximus before they enter the arena?
Where does Lucilla tell Maximus to go to?
To go home to his family
What do Senator Gracchus and the other men do to Maximus after his death?
Carried him out of the arena
What is Commodus left, and why?
Leave him in the arena; no respect