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What to learn from Maximus

gladiator maximus

Maximus was not just a strong warrior. He was also a loyal family man, team player, and a man with vision and courage. Forward with the notepad and pen when we list 3 features that are impressive with Maximus Decimus Meridius.

He was a family man

maximus with ceasar

Maximus was a loyal family man. Even when he was offered the honor of becoming emperor of Rome, he declined and chose to spend his time with his family in his plain house. And even when his wife and children were brutally murdered, he remained loyal to them.

He was a team player

scene from movie gladiator in colosseum

Throughout the movie, we get to follow Maximus and see him advance in rank, from local tournaments in North Africa until he deservedly wins a trip to Rome and finally gets to fight in the highest division – the ancient equivalent of the Champions League – Colosseum. In his first battle, a recreation of the battle of Carthage, Maximus said:

Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. If we stay together, we survive. ”

And yes, together with his fellow slaves, Maximus was able to win over the far much better-armed gladiators.

He had courage and always led from the front

maximus leading charge from front

When Maximus was general, he always led his army from the front, which was always the most dangerous. Even so, a good business leader leads. It shows that you are not afraid to get dirty, helps you understand your “soldiers” situation while inspiring loyalty.

Other gladiators who deserve an honorable mention:


The biggest star of all the gladiators was, without a doubt, the Syrian Flamma. Flamma is said to have been a soldier before he became a gladiator due to order refusal. According to sources, he fought 34 times and won 21. Nine ended in a draw and only four losses. He was offered “Rudis,” the wooden sword that symbolized freedom, four times. Flamma always refused and became so popular that people in Rome adorned a coin on him. However, he eventually died at the age of 30.


By far the most famous of all the gladiators throughout history. Spartacus was a Thracian soldier captured by the Romans and sold as a slave. Lentulus Batiatus of Capua, the owner of a Roman gladiatorial school in southern Italy, saw the potential in Spartacus and bought him. In 73 BC, Spartacus and 70 other gladiators led a revolt in Capua. They managed to murder Batiatus and fled to the vicinity of Mount Vesuvius while freeing many other slaves during the escape. Finally, Spartacus’ army is said to have consisted of as many as 70,000. Entire legions were sent to kill Spartacus, but they were easily defeated because of the gladiators’ fighting spirit and experience. Finally, Marcus Licinius Crassus, a Roman general, and official gathered an army of 50,000 well-trained Roman soldiers. Spartacus was killed in the battle, the revolt was crushed, and more than 6,000 captured slaves were executed by crucifixion along the Roman Empire’s main road from Capua to Rome.

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