Strength And Honor .
In loving memory, this page is dedicated to:
He died of a massive heart attack on location
for "The Gladiator"
International cast of "Gladiator":
Russell Crowe (Maximus)
Oliver Reed (Proximo)
Joaquin Phoenix (Commodus)
Djimon Hounsou (Juba) Benin,
Gladiator is one of the greatest movies ever made
and has an outstanding cast of the finest actors in the world.
The score is also exceptionally powerful, haunting and beautiful. Shot on location in Farnham, England,
Ouarzazate, Morocco and Malta, the characters in the film are based on real people you can read about below.
The story itself teaches us values that still hold true today and serve to remind us that everything is possible
if you keep them inside your heart and your mind: Love, Strength, Honor.
There is no history on "Maximus" because his character
was invented by Hollywood. However, it was not
uncommon to choose the general in office to take command of Rome if there was no-one else appropriate.
Emperor A.D 161 - 180
The study of philosophy and other scholarly pursuits
were the things that Marcus Aurelius loved most of all,
During his reign, increased attacks by barbarians along the northern borders, especially on the Danube River,
threatened the stability of the empire and caused a constant financial drain on the treasury. To add to these
misfortunes, soldiers returning from the wars brought with them a new and disastrous plague. As a result,
the death toll in many provinces of the empire was high. Instead of choosing a capable administrator or
army general like the emperors before him, Marcus Aurelius elected to pass the empire on to his spoiled
son, Commodus. This is probably the only thing historians can fault him for, as Marcus Aurelius had
served as a faithful protector of the Roman people and empire all of his reign. The choice of Commodus
was unfortunate as the long period of misrule and civil war that followed the reign of Marcus Aurelius
was to prove so dramatically.
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - Powerful life
guidance from a man
"....true wisdom resides in every man's heart
Co Emperor with Marcus Aurelius A.D 161 - 169
Lucius Verus was the son of Hadrian's adopted
heir, Aelius Caesar and was only eight years old
Lucius Verus is remembered for being a fairly
successful military conqueror and hero. He conquered
Commodus and Maximus.
Emperor A.D 180 - 192
It is unfortunate that the emperor Marcus Aurelius
did not choose to adopt a capable man as his son
Commodus loved to hunt wild animals and was very
good at killing an animal with the first arrow. When he
After plots against his life were discovered,
Commodus began a reign of terror.
The insane Commodus kept stepping up his campaign
of murder and terror until even those closest to
Commodus died on New Year's Eve, A. D. 192. He
was to be proclaimed a consul on the following day,
Copyright 1997 by Jay King.
Gladiator won Best Film and Best Soundtrack Golden
Globes, and Five Oscars:
Best Film, Actor, Visual Effects, Costumes and Sound.
"Really folks, I owe this to one bloke, and his
name is Ridley Scott",
Russell Crowe said of his director.
"If you grow up ... in the suburbs of anywhere,
a dream like this
seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable,
this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings.
And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage,
and relying purely on courage, it's possible.''
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