In the yr a hundred and eighty, the dying of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most succesful and relied on generals and a key consultant to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is ready to be executed. He escapes, but is captured with the aid of slave buyers. Renamed Spaniard and pressured to come to be a gladiator, Maximus ought to battle to the loss of life with different guys for the leisure of paying audiences.