The 162 AD – 163 AD Jewish blood moon eclipses and corresponding plague took place during the historical time period of the Hollywood movie Gladiator. Released in the United States on May 5, 2000, Gladiator was a box office success, received positive reviews, and was credited with rekindling interest in the historical epic. The film won multiple awards, notably five Academy Awards in the 73rd Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.
Christopher Harris starred in the role of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelious, which Hollywood choose to portray as a George Washington figure who was a very good ruler. The movie was very inaccurate from a historical point of view.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs states that the greatest time of persecution in the Roman Empire coincided with the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the occurrence of the lunar eclipse in 162 – 163 AD. The truth of the matter is Emperor Marcus Aurelius was the most ruthless and brutal Roman Emperors in the history of Rome.
The Tiber River which flows through the city of Rome flooded it’s banks in the Spring of 162 AD, killing most animals in Rome and destroying much of the city. A severe Famine resulted. In 165 AD a plague broke out which was responsible for killing 1/3 of the Roman Empire including 2 emperors.
Passover: April 17, 162 AD – Total lunar eclipse
Tabernacles: October 11, 162 AD – Total lunar eclipse
Passover: April 6, 163 AD – Total lunar eclipse
Tabernacles: 30 September, 163 AD – Total lunar eclipse