Gladiator Movie. vs History

1409 Words May 13th, 2011 6 Pages
During the Roman Empire many emperors ruled in their own ways. Some were considered to be one of the “Five Good Emperors, ” and the others didn’t last because they were assassinated. They either just cared about themselves or actually cared about the citizens of Rome. The movie Gladiator portrays Roman life and the gladiatorial games. Really though, how does the movie compare to the history of the Roman Empire? I am really interested in the actual history of the gladiators and the movie is one of my favorites. That’s why I chose to do my review on it and I came to find out that the movie didn’t give me the information on the real life and times of the gladiators. In the movie, after the death of the emperor, Maximus becomes one of the …show more content…
They had to inspect the men just by looking at their bodies and making sure they were strong and healthy enough to purchase. “I did not pay good money for you, for your company. I paid it so I could profit from your death,” he said. These quotes show that no one cared about the gladiators because they were slaves. All they cared about was that they put on a good show. Gladiator didn’t show much of the training that the men received. Most of it was them in battle, but not what went on behind the scenes and all the vigorous training they had to go through. Watching the behind the scenes was interesting because throughout the whole thing I thought to myself, ‘wow this is crazy how much work it took for all these men to become gladiators for the film.’ No wonder they were all buff, because they did hours and hours of training everyday. In Roman times, gladiators had to endure lengthy and demanding training so that they could be prepared for what lay before them. In the movie, Maximus was Rome’s greatest general so they just assumed he was the best around and didn’t need any training. One thing I noticed that wasn’t historically accurate was the chants of the spectators at the arena. When a gladiator was wounded the audience was able to whether or not they want him to be killed or spared. The way the audience would decide would be either to wave their thumbs around, if they want him to be spared, or they would press their thumb against their opposite hand,

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