The Roman soldiers knocked on the gates of the school, demanding entry. When Proximo ignored them, they burst open the gates. The gladiators defending the school fought fiercely, killing many of the Romans in grueling combat. Soon, they were overrun by the well-trained troops. While Proximo was killed in his personal chamber, Maximus took his sword from the basement and came across his ex-servant Cicero. However, he was hanging and though Maximus tried to release him, was killed by Roman archers in a trap set by the soldiers. Maximus was captured, while several others were killed or escaped.