Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gladiator ( film )

A bit of a surprise here.  The Wikipedia article says that the Gladiator character was actually loosely based upon a real general, who had Emperor Marcus Aurelius' confidence.  He was even offered the job to be his successor by Marcus Aurelius, before that Emperor died from the plague in 180 AD.

Interesting, as it might have altered history if a competent Emperor had been at the helm at that time.  However, this general lived only a short time longer than Commodus, who was Aurelius' son.

But there still was a lot of artistic license in the movie.  It isn't exactly historical, but comes a bit closer than I thought.

Come to think of it, I saw a video on YouTube, which shows yet another angle to this story.  Perhaps this version linked here isn't correct either.


Yes, both stories are correct.  The latter incident is explained here.

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