The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations... Written by
This Season, The Fight For Freedom Is Fueled By Vengeance (Season 2)
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In addition to the 5 actors that went on to play comic book characters in TV show Arrow (Manu Bennett, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Katrina Law and Nick Tarabay), and movie The Suicide Squad (Jai Courtney) Liam McIntyre who plays the title role of Spartacus plays villain Mark Mardon (Weather Wizard) in The CW's Arrow spin-off The Flash. See more
Gannicus stands the only among us to win his freedom upon the sands.
If free, why does he raise arms with the slaves against the republic?
He took up cause to honor a fallen brother - one that taught many of us the ways of battle, and the bond that joins all men and such with it.
During the series run, each episode has shots from the season as the background while the credits roll. The pictures in the background vary depending on the season. The exception to this being the series finale where a montage of the characters are displayed. See more