In the year 180, the loss of life of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman military's maximum succesful and relied on generals and a key consultant to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is about to be accomplished. He escapes, however is captured with the aid of slave investors. Renamed Spaniard and compelled to come to be a gladiator, Maximus should warfare to the loss of life with different guys for the entertainment of paying audiences.