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Yes. It is highly recommended you watch the series in the order it was aired:

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Vengeance

Spartacus: War of the Damned

While Gods Of The Arena was a prequel miniseries to Blood and Sand, the beginning of episode 1 and the end of episode 6 spoil the ending of Blood and Sand. Vengeance follows both seasons with characters and plot points stemming from both Gods of the Arena and Blood and Sand. War of the Damned is the final season in the series.

Exclusively on Blu-ray 4 episodes of the first season were extended - some of the scenes still seemed to be too hot for TV.These four extended episodes feature more nudity, both male and female. A detailed comparison between the TV Versions and the Extended Versions with pictures can be found here.

Yes. Season One is titled Spartacus: Blood and Sand; Season Two is titled Spartacus: Vengeance and introduces Liam McIntyre as Spartacus. Season Three brings the series to an end, and is titled Spartacus: War of the Damned.

Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena is the prequel to Blood and Sand, and considered to be a miniseries.

Andy Whitfield, the actor who played Spartacus, had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The prequel mini-series Gods Of The Arena was created to fill the slot while Andy underwent treatment. Alas, his illness returned and he gave his blessing for the showrunners to re-cast the role. Sadly Andy passed away on September 11, 2011 at the age of 39.

It was stated that she didn't want to renew her contract with Starz due to the long hiatus in between filming. Due to a recurring role on CSI:NY and also desired to pursue other pilot series.

All ten episodes of the second season, which is called "Spartacus: Vengeance" have been released as Extended Versions on Blu-ray. Again more nudity and violence can be found in these prolonged versions but also some extended plot sequences. Detailed comparisons with pictures can be found here.

The Blu-ray release of the final Spartacus season contains Extended Cuts as well, this time actually for every single episode even though there are less differences than there were in the previous seasons. Besides more plot, there's more sex, more violence, more dialog and also alternate scenes. There's any possible difference in it. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

Spartacus tells Aurelia that Numerius ordered him to kill Varro. When Aurelia learns Numerius' name, she asks him about Varro. Numerius scoffs at mention of Varro's name and says that Varro was "nothing" and that "he deserved to die.". Naturally Aurelia didn't take too kindly to Numerius' attitude towards her husband's death.

At the end of the series: He survives, barely escaping a fight against Spartacus himself. His army defeats the rebels. However, Pompey steals credit for the victory.

History says that Marcus Crassus was given the province of Syria to Govern. But due to his need to compete against Pompey Magnus and Julius Caesar in terms of military victories, Crassus decided to invade Parthia. The King of Armenia even offered Crassus assistance of 40,000 troops if he but invaded through Armenia. Crassus refused and decided to take a more direct approach by crossing the Euphrates. Crassus' troops were nearly massacred by the Parthians due to their fighting technique, which the Romans were not trained to defend against.

Subsequently Crassus' men, being near mutiny, demanded he parley with the Parthians, who had offered to meet with him. Crassus, despondent at the death of his son Publius in the battle, finally agreed to meet the Parthian general; however, when Crassus mounted a horse to ride to the Parthian camp for a peace negotiation, his junior officer Octavius suspected a Parthian trap and grabbed Crassus' horse by the bridle, instigating a sudden fight with the Parthians that left the Roman party dead, including Crassus. A story later emerged that, after Crassus' death, the Parthians poured molten gold into his mouth as a symbol of his thirst for wealth. Or, according to a popular but historically unreliable account that it was by this means that he was put to death.

Julius Caesar went on to become the first citizen of Rome, turning the republic into an empire until he was stabbed to death on the floor of the senate house. He named his nephew Octavian (later naming himself Augustus) his son and heir to carry on his legacy.

Those who enjoyed Spartacus may enjoy the HBO series "Rome" which follows the exploits of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Octavian and several others.

Steven S. DeKnight stated on a commentary for an episode of War Of The Damned that he originally planned for 5 seasons. However, DeKnight felt that the story he wanted to tell could be told in 3 seasons (technically 4 if you count Gods Of The Arena). The first two seasons ended as planned. Seasons 3 and 4 would have been the slow build of Spartacus' army and defeating other generals that he did battle against, with the Romans scheming and plotting against each other. Marcus Crassus intending to be introduced in the third or fourth season. The fifth and final season would have seen Spartacus confronting Crassus. DeKnight felt that seasons 3 and 4 would have been repetitive and fairly similar in structure to the final season, so by the time Spartacus finally faced-off against Crassus, the story would be stale and uninteresting. Therefore DeKnight decided to skip right ahead to the final season of Spartacus having a massive army to do battle against Crassus.

Both Xena and Spartacus were shot in New Zealand. Both shows are produced by the Tapert/Raimi team. They are basically using from the talent pool physically located there. Many of the crew members also worked both shows.

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