Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
Genre Drama
Based on Roman Empire
Directed by Richard Lopez
Starring Sean Bean
Aaron Jakubenko
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Original release November 11 (2016-11-11) – November 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)
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Roman Empire: Reign of Blood is a docuseries based on historical events. The six-part miniseries derives its origins from the historical Roman Empire and tells the story of Commodus.[1] Jeremiah Murphy and Peter Sherman collaborated on writing the miniseries, with Richard Lopez directing. It premiered on Netflix on November 11, 2016.[2]


Commodus was handsome and strong, the son of Rome's greatest philosopher king. And he was the fool who brought down an empire.

Historical people and events



44-48 minutes episodes, all airing on November 11, 2016

Fighting an implacable enemy in Germania, Marcus Aurelius trains his decadent son Commodus to succeed him, while rumor and intrigues brew back in Rome.

The Germanic tribes strike as Marcus Aurelius succumbs to disease, leaving a skeptical Emperor Commodus to prosecute a war that doesn't interest him.

Commodus rises to power as Rome's new emperor, but not everyone supports his ascent. Among those conspiring against him: his older sister Lucilla.

Commodus defeats his sister's coup but withdraws from governing, allowing others to amass power while he engages in an affair and banishes his wife.

A disastrous grain shortage reveals Cleander's treachery and leaves Commodus isolated, inspiring him to train as a gladiator in a bid to unite Rome.

Lavish imperial games at the Colosseum are highlighted by the emperor's bloody victories, but his paranoid abuses of power lead to a final betrayal.


  1. O'Keefe, Meghan (11 November 2016). "Roman Empire: Reign of Blood is an Uncensored Look at Ancient History". The Decider.
  2. Robinson, Joanna; Lawson, Richard (25 October 2016). "What's New on Netflix in November—and What to Watch Before It Disappears". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. O'Keefe, Meghan (15 November 2016). "'Roman Empire: Reign of Blood': Who was the Real Lucilla?". The Decider. Retrieved 20 November 2016.

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