Shouting “Roma victor!” as his forces attack, General Maximus Decimus Meridius () leads his Roman legions to victory against Germanic barbarians in the year 180 A.D., ending a prolonged war and earning the esteem of elderly Emperor Marcus Aurelius (). The emperor’s son Commodus () and daughter Lucilla () have been summoned to join the campaign because Marcus Aurelius is about to name his successor. Commodus, confident he’ll be chosen, is friendly… [more]