This is not a story about the glory of Rome, it’s the story of the millions who rise and fight for freedom in the shadow of absolute power and the few who led the charge. The empire calls them “barbarians”: tribes beyond the fringe of civilization that live a primitive, brutish and violent existence. These peoples are also some of the fiercest warriors in history – men and women who refuse to bow to ruthless oppression, launching an epic saga of resistance that ushers in the fall of Rome and shapes the world to come. It is inevitable that empires will fall but it was not inevitable that Rome would rise. It took hundreds of years to become the most powerful empire the world had ever known. As this Goliath wrote the playbook of conquest that became the model for empires to come, it sowed the seeds of its own destruction, stoking a flame of rebellion that would ultimately spell its downfall. The fall of an empire is never swift. It takes time and it requires many to make the ultimate sacrifice. It takes a unified front of oppressed peoples who take up arms together to escape tyranny, so that they might live free, or die.