Cast & Crew
With the death of Emperor Constantine, Giunio, who is attempting to seize power, arouses the Romans against the Christians. Marcus, a Christian centurion, is arrested but rescued from the gladiators' arena and given refuge in the camp of Rako, the leader of the barbarians. Giunio declares that the Christians are traitors, but Consul Caius, returning from battle, refuses to believe that Marcus has betrayed Rome. Marcus returns to Rome with Rako's daughter Svetla and wins the Christians' freedom by defeating three gladiators in the arena. Taking advantage of Caius' death at the hands of the invading barbarians, Giunio regains power and resumes persecuting the Christians. Marcus is sent to battle in the arena, but he is saved by an earthquake. Giunio is killed; the Romans are buried amid the ruins; and Marcus, preaching pacifism and tolerance, converts Svetla to his faith. [An Italian source suggests that Marcus is killed in the earthquake.]
Maria Grazia Buccella
Filmed in Italy in 1962 as Il crollo di Roma. Anthony Dawson is a pseudonym for Antonio Margheriti.