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
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Actress Jessica Lucas (whom though she bears some resemblance to the character Naevia) was not considered as a replacement for Lesley-Ann Brandt, who did not return for "Vengeance." The role of Naevia went to Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Lucas would go on to star in the 2014 film "Pompeii", which was about the volcanic disaster of Pompeii in AD79, when Mt. Vesuvius erupted. It wiped out Pompeii entirely, leaving no survivors. In the season 2 finale, Spartacus and the rebels fought Glaber and Ashur on Mt. Vesuvius, which was historically accurate. (Roughly 149 years before the events of Pompeii the film) See more
In several episodes the use of the letter U, for example under the bust that Batiatus made for Spartacus, was seen. The letter U in Latin wasn't used in place of V as consonant until the Middle ages. See more
[referring to Melitta
Is it true? Did you lay with her?
I never wanted to feel the things I felt for her!
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
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