Once the catapults release their fiery charges and the music starts playing in brass while the strings join in. After, we hear staccato brass while woodwind and strings provide marcato accented stabs. In the beginning, violins use ostinato staccato on a high pitched note creating suspense and tension. Low and thick brass comes in, creating the sound of doom and war highlighting the destruction of artillery. A small violin melody arrives soon after in front of the ostinato rhythm to transition to Maximus and his cavalry. It is easy to contrast the mood in both shots, the artillery is menacing with beating down pulse however Maximus and his cavalry has more suspense and heroic themes mainly consisting of strings. High brass melody comes in when many barbarians are shown killed in the onslaught of catapults and arrows, they still chant and cheer as-though nothing has happened. In the battle, Zimmer plays a powerful and harsh theme which is filled with instruments ranging from strings, percussion and brass, making the listener more and more intrigued to what is happening and also to tell us that the Barbarian horde is still strong and that the battle is far from over. A minor glissando comes in from the violins to enhance the intensity as the barbarian soldier charge. Dynamics are heavily utilised in this scene, especially when Maximus is killing barbarians soldiers on his horse heroically because the strings start at mezzo piano and end at forte. Then, as soon as Maximus gets thrown off his horse, the brass and strings use low and dooming sounds again to reflect Maximus’ struggle to get back on his feet. Once he finally picks himself back up, the screen gets blurry while the diegetic sounds are emphasized, the music gets really sad and depressing, with low legato solo strings creating a thick texture. Towards the end of the battle, the is a diminuendo in the music as the mood once again changes to sense of relief but also victory.