Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death

Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death
Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death
BBC Colosseum DVD Cover.jpg
Genre Documentary
Written by Tilman Remme
Directed by Tilman Remme
Starring Robert Shannon · Derek Lea
Voices of United Kingdom Ross Kemp · United States John Benjamin Hickey
Narrated by United Kingdom Michael Pennington · United States Liev Schreiber
Composer(s) Ilan Eshkeri
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Stamp · Laurence Rees
Producer(s) Tilman Remme
Editor(s) Malcolm Daniel
Cinematography Peter Greenhalgh
Running time 50.44 minutes
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Original channel BBC One
Original airing October 13, 2003
Related shows Pyramid · Pompeii: The Last Day

Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death aka Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama which tells the true story of Verus a gladiator who fought at the Colosseum in Rome.



The film was produced by the BBC in co-production with the Discovery Channel, France 2 and NDR.

BBC History commissioned the online-game Gladiator: Dressed to Kill[1] and the animation Colosseum: Building the Arena of Death[2] to tie-in with the series.



  • Robert Shannon as Verus
  • Derek Lea as Priscus
  • Jamel Aroui as Titus
  • Hichem Rostom as Lanista
  • Lotfi Dziri as Trainer
  • Dorra Zarrouk as Imperial lady

DVD release

  • Released on Region 1 DVD by BBC Video on 2 November 2004.


External links

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