Colosseum – Rome’s Arena Of Death throws new light on the way gladiators fought and trained, and reveals how many of them were the superstars of their age.
It revolves around the true story of Verus, who rises from slave to star gladiator, but then faces the ultimate challenge.
The film charts the story of one man’s journey from slavery to freedom and of the building where he was prepared to fight for his life.
It is also the story of the Roman civilisation that demanded he should do so.
Directed by Marie-Noëlle Himber.
Produced by BBC Television and France 2.