«On my command unleash hell» in this way Maximus Decimus Meridius, (the actor Russell Crowe), urged the Roman army on to victory over the German population of Marcomanni. These images pay tribute to Imperial Rome, bringing back to life the story of the grandeur of Rome under the Imperator Marcus Aurelius in 180 AD, rebuilt with the most sophisticated technologies that cinema has. To the extent of being awarded 5 Oscars (in 2000) and big box-office success.
From fiction to reality. A short distance from the film’s locations, from the Fori Imperiale to the Coliseum, an overview of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. A proposed tour among the monuments that provided the backgrounds to those beautiful scenes (the film does not faithfully reconstruct history).
– Still images that enhance the beauty of the Basilica of Massenzio and the Arch of Costantine, built in the 4th century AD, therefore more than a century after the period of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus;
– in the overviews from above, cupolas from the Renaissance architecture and more can be seen, similar to that of Sant’Andrea della Valle or Santa Maria di Loreto, near the Vittoriano and Trajan Column;
– the triumphant scene of Commodus is set in the Roman Forum;
– some sequences of the film were reconstructed according to the diorama at the Museo della Civiltà Romana (Museum of Roman Civilization) (in the Eur district). And without a doubt, there was no need to consult history for the scenes at the Temple of Venus, which is exactly in the same place as it has been for the last two thousand years (and you can visit it);
– the famous arena in the film, where the battle of the Gladiators took place, and the final combat scene between Massimus Meridius and Commodus, corresponds to the actual Coliseum.