Stoicism in Gladiator – Meditations II.


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Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed (in his final role), Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harris. Crowe portrays Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.

Taken from Daniel P. Mannix's 1958 book Those About to Die (formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator).


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