The BEST episodes of Colosseum

Every episode of Colosseum ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Colosseum!

The eight-part series vividly brings to life the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the lens of one of the most exhilarating and brutal arenas in the history of humanity–the Colosseum. From the savage truth of a gladiator’s life as a slave-warrior to the fascinating ways Rome’s Emperors used the vast amphitheater to demonstrate total power, “Colosseum” offers viewers a unique and personal look inside history’s most iconic empire.

Last Updated: 2/20/2024Network: HistoryStatus: Ended
The Gladiatrix
46 votes

#1 - The Gladiatrix

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/7/2022

The mighty Emperor Trajan throws his great games of 107 AD and the crowd is treated to a rare spectacle: female gladiators.

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The Builder
74 votes

#2 - The Builder

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/24/2022

When master builder Haterius constructs the Colosseum from the ashes of Nero's Golden House, his work is far from over; new Emperor Domitian tasks him with adding in a complex network of underground tunnels.

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The Beastmaster
59 votes

#3 - The Beastmaster

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/31/2022

As the Roman Empire continues to expand, so does the diversity of exotic beasts brought back to entertain the Colosseum crowds; over 1 million animals are slaughtered in the arena by trained beast masters, none more famous than Carpophorus.

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The Pagan
38 votes

#4 - The Pagan

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/4/2022

By the 4th Century AD, a divided Roman Empire is rocked by devastating earthquakes, fires, barbarian invasions and deep religious divides. As Rome declines, the Colosseum, which once stood as a proud symbol of the Empire’s glory, lies empty. To restore Rome, one man, a devout worshipper of the Rome’s old Gods, turns to the arena. Can staging elaborate and expensive games there reverse Rome’s decline?

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31 votes

#5 - Commodus

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/28/2022

All of Rome's emperors have put great value on spectacles and games, but only one steps out of the Imperial Box and onto the sands of the arena: Commodus. A far cry from his father, the great Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Commodus is quick to make enemies - especially with one elite ruling body, the Senate. As the empire crumbles and Commodus's popularity plummets, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, centered around Rome's great amphitheater.

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The Gladiators
109 votes

#6 - The Gladiators

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/17/2022

After forming a close bond in the harsh environment of their training school, two gladiators, the barbarian Priscus, and Rome's champion, Verus, must now fight to the death in front of 50,000 spectators.

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The Martyr
37 votes

#7 - The Martyr

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/14/2022

The public execution of criminals is a staple, but during Trajan's 123 days of games in A.D. 107, one of these victims is no ordinary prisoner; Bishop Ignatius of Antioch is part of a growing underground religion, threatening Roman traditions.

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The Scientist
43 votes

#8 - The Scientist

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/21/2022

Galen of Pergamon makes a name for himself as a physician for gladiators in the arena; a devastating plague sweeps through the city, and Galen catches the attention of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

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