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Although @John Smith Optional has covered this answer extremely well, I would also add this... You say: ...why not ride back into the main camp (even if it was mobilizing it's not like a camp of that size could disappear in a day) wrangle up your loyal army, rout the small contingent of soldiers loyal to the emperor, and slay him, then send your ...


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Maximus had been labelled a traitor to the empire: now led by Commodus, after the death of Marcus Aurelius. Maximus had been tasked by Marcus Aurelius to reform the Roman state as a republic, handing rule over to the people; this removed Commodus' birthright, hence his slating Maximus for execution. An Army is loyal to its head of state, in this case ...



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