Which is basically Spartacus, only Gladiator is set years after the death of Spartacus. The film added to the cinematic categories such romance and intrigue but at the same time took away from many historical aspects.
The notion that half of all gladiators died confuses gladiators with criminals to be executed, when those were entirely distinct things. So when Maximus walks out wearing a breastplate and without a helmet, imagine the response modern American football fans would have to seeing a quarterback walk out without his helmet and wearing hockey gear.
Maximus escapes and rides back to his home in Hispania to find his family crucified by Commodus's agents.
Lucilla was at one time married to Lucius Verus, as her son tells Maximus in the film. So contrary to films like Gladiator, gladiatorial combat was not usually a fight to the death.
It is pure entertainment for the eyes, and deep knowledge for the mind.