updated: 01/09/2010

period: The Sign of the Cross

After burning Rome, Emperor Nero decides to blame the Christians and issues an edict that they are all to be caught and sent to the arena. Two old Christians are caught and about to be sent to their deaths when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When Marcus sees their stepdaughter Mercia he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursuit of Mercia gets him into trouble with both Nero – for being easy on Christians – and with his Empress Poppaea (Claudette Colbert) who is jealous.

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