(The movie begins at the Roman Empire.)
Sheik Ilderim: (voice-over) In the time of the Messiah, the Roman Empire grows to span thousands of miles. It is an empire nourished by blood and secured by fear. They will take everything you have. They will invite you to their games to watch others suffer and forget what you have lost. They will leave you with nothing but bitterness... and desire for revenge.
Messala: You should have stayed away.
Judah: You should have killed me.
Messala: I will.