Gladiator movie paired with an ancient Roman feast


Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix & Connie Nielsen

Rating 9/10


– Maximus Decimus Meridius (Crowe) is an awesome General in the Roman army. He is beloved by the ailing Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) who is on the front lines with him. The emperor’s weird old son, Commodus (Phoenix) arrives with his sister Lucilla to see his father before he dies but crazy Commodus ends up killing his father and declares himself Emperor and asks for Maximus’ support but the big fella rejects him.
-The sulky emperor then sentences him and his family to death. But the General escapes and runs away but is eventually found by slave traders who sell him to Gladiator boss, Proximo (Reed) who then puts him to work. Maximus ends up fighting in the Colosseum in Rome. It is here that Commodus realises that the General is not dead and all hell breaks loose.
– Politics, incest, fear and murder. It’s all happening in downtown Rome. Commodus loses even more of his mind as he juggles his lust for his sister and his desire to be loved by his people and by his dead father. It all comes down to the last battle. And in the end… well, you just have to see it don’t you?!


Grab a sheet and pop some dusty old sandals on your feet as you recreate your very own Roman vibe in your lounge room. Let’s start with some delicious Bruschetta. Yep, this crunchy starter harks back to the Roman empire. Here’s a rather traditional recipe for you to try.


When I think of Gladiator I think of heads being chopped off, blood spurting over the camera and swords being thrust across faces. But, I’m happy to say, it’s more than that.

This is a brilliant film (I smell a rave!). You can tell it has been lovingly crafted from the artistic shots to the soaring music. The performances are faultless and the gore is in-your-face realistic. I love historical dramas and this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it, then what are you waiting for?

Main meal:

The mighty Romans loved their meat and wine and spices and sauces. Now I’m going to give you two recipes to try or mix together because one is an Ancient Roman Game Marinade and the other is an actual Venison Osso Bucco recipe. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s got meat in it and you’ll be on the right track.

Gladiator Trivia:

  • Budget – $103 million
  • Oliver Reed died during the filming of Gladiator from a heart attack. The director had to use doubles to complete the film without him.
  • In the opening scene the cuts on Crowe’s face are real, from an incident with his horse and a tree.
  • Crowe adlibbed the description of Maximus’ home. He was actually describing his own farm in Australia.
  • Mel Gibson turned down the role of Maximus, thinking he was too old for it.
  • In the Gladiator scenes, Crowe hurt his bicep tendons and broke bones in his hip and foot.
  • Maximus is Crowe’s favourite character that he’s played.
  • The battle scene took 20 days to shoot.
  • Oliver Reed didn’t warm to Crowe. In fact at one stage, he challenged him to a fight.
  • The real Commodus fought many times in the Colosseum but was killed in the dressing rooms by an athlete not in front of the crowd.
  • In the scene where Commodus kills his father, Phoenix put in so much effort that he fainted after it was shot.


Now the Ancient Roman people loved their honey… and their figs but this recipe is a kinda strange one but be courageous and try this Ancient Roman Cheesecake. You may like it. Tell me if you do… or you don’t!

Ancient Roman Cheesecake

Image: Petit Chef

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