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- The gladiators are training outside. Maximus is permitted to approach the gate. Cicero is waiting for him.
- They greet each other, and are glad to be reunited.
- After inquiring about his men (Cicero says they look "fat and bored"), he asks how soon they can be ready. Cicero says for him, Maximus, they could be ready the next day.
- Maximus says he needs him to do something for him.