Approved | | Drama, History, War
The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.
The opening and closing narration is derived from historian Will Durant's "Caesar and Christ," a part of his sprawling "Story of Civilization" books. Durant is credited as a historical consultant on this film.
This was the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within.
Although most soldiers in the ancient world wore their swords on the opposite hip from their sword arm, the Roman Legionnaires used a short sword called a gladius which they wore on their right hip. Depictions of this have led some viewers to believe that the entire Roman army was left handed.
The Paramount logo did not appear on American prints.
The non-roadshow version was cut to 153 minutes from the original 172 minutes running time.
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