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It took 12 hours to shoot the sex scene between Ilithyia and Spartacus.
The Late Andy Whitfield died at the age of 39; roughly the same age as his on screen character Spartacus at the time of his death. Some historians have dated Spartacus to have been between the ages of 37 and 40 at the time of his death in 71. B.C. The most commonly agreed age, was 38 years old.
Within the first 2 seasons, viewers see Glaber's ambitions at making a name for himself within the Senate and the Roman Government in order to leave his mark on history. In reality, the only thing that history knows of Praetor Claudius Glaber, is that he was the first of many Generals to fail at stopping Spartacus.
In September 2010, Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) announced that he would not be able to appear in the second season because he had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was pursuing aggressive medical treatment. In January 2011, the Starz network announced that Australian actor Liam McIntyre had been chosen to replace Whitfield as Spartacus. In September 2011, Whitfield died at the age of 39.
Spartacus' true name is never revealed throughout the entire show.
Viva Bianca and Andy Whitfield kept getting in trouble while filming their sex scene because they couldn't stop laughing.
For the orgy scenes, the producers hired a New Zealand company that works on sexual gatherings professionally and instructed them to do whatever they wanted on camera. Then they would edit what was too much for Starz.
Recent research on Gladiator tombs in present day Turkey indicate that the fighters may have been on vegetarian diets, that likely consisted of grains and beans that would increase their body sizes around their abdomens. This essentially added a layer of body fat and muscle to protect their internal organs when stabbed or sliced. Some murals depict gladiators with literal barrel-like chests.
Though the writers took liberties with the facts, the real life Crassus and Spartacus met to discuss peace terms the night before the final battle. Obviously they didn't reach an agreement.
Oenomaeus, Gannicus, Crixus and Spartacus were each Champions at one point, but came to it differently. Crixus and Gannicus were both Champions of the House of Batiatus before becoming Champion of Capua. While Oenomaeus was solely Champion of the house; never becoming Champion of Capua and Spartacus was never Champion of the house.
Prominent Gladiators in the series, had pseudonyms; names describing either their victories or their fighting prowess. Arkadios was "The Scourge of Athens." Barca was "The Beast Of Carthage." Crixus was "The Undefeated Gaul." Theokoles was "The Shadow of Death." Spartacus, had a few names. "The Bringer of Rain" (the most frequently used) "Slayer of Theokoles", "Slayer of the Shadow" or "Slayer of Death."
Lucy Lawless stated that when a character is close to being killed off, their death is foreshadowed in the clothes, hair and jewelry.
The wooden training swords used by the gladiators appeared to be very light and easy to handle. Historically speaking, wooden training swords for Gladiators were actually made to be heavier than steel swords in order for their handling of a Gladius to be more efficient.
According to historians, 2/3rds of gladiators survived their matches.
Despite this being an American series, the only actors who are American are Katrina Law (Mira), Erin Cummings (Sura), and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). Nick Tarabay (Ashur) is an American citizen, however he was born in Lebanon.
Liam McIntyre was a fan of the show before he took over the lead.
A feature-length movie was planned, it was to take place between season 2 and 3, but the writers realized that too much would need to be cut in order to avoid an NC-17 rating in the US, so the idea was scrapped
The brutal decimation scene is historically accurate. The only thing that the writers took liberties with is the character of Tiberius; everything else - the rogue sentry attacking Spartacus (and losing), the survivors running away - are all true. Crassus brought back decimation to ensure that his men would never run away again.
The final credit sequence ends with a shot of Liam McIntyre, which then briefly stays on screen as Andy Whitfield comes on before disappearing. It is the first - and only - time two men who portrayed the legendary gladiator were in the same scene as the character.
'Dan Feuerriegel' is the only actor from the original cast to appear in the final battle; Spartacus and Naevia both appear but Liam McIntyre and 'Cynthia Addai' - Robinson both took over their respective roles from Andy Whitfield and 'Lesley Ann-Brandt'.
Andy Whitfield never has a full frontal nude scene; he has on a false penis during his sex scene with Viva Bianca.
Some of the cast would go on to appear in the TV series "Arrow".
Crixus' moniker was, "The Undefeated Gaul." Defeat for a Gladiator meant either death or giving the missio. Crixus suffered neither in the arena and therefore died with his title intact.
According to 'Steven DeKnight', the network wanted more of a 300 (2006) style of direction. This is why the pilot episode feels so out of place and the earlier episodes are uneven. DeKnight had to fight for control over the show.
Stephen Amell was considered to replace Andy Whitfield as Spartacus.
The word Gladiator meant "Swordsman" stemming from Latin word for sword "Gladius." Gladius was also a common word for "Penis".
Throughout the first Season, Spartacus is ridiculed by his fellow Gladiators because of his Thracian heritage. Everything from his fighting prowess, to the alleged "filth" of his homeland fell under scrutiny; particularly from the Gauls. Some Historians however, believe that Thrace was among the more difficult provinces for the Roman Republic to conquer due to the fabled skill and "savagery" of the Thracian warriors.
Water is a very important theme throughout the series: the House of Batiatus was in debt (or was dry) during Crixus' run as champion but became wealthy when Spartacus took up the mantle after his victory ended the drought; and several characters die during a rainstorm or when one is approaching.
Both Crixus and Spartacus disregarded their sons due to their Roman mothers.
While the men had their own gladiator boot camp, the women also had a strict diet and light workouts to maintain their own physiques.
Liam McIntyre was severely underweight from another role when he went into the "gladiator boot camp" for the series.
Lucretia never speaks directly to Oenomaeus. (She once agreed with his suggestion for him to fight Theokoles in "Shadow Games" but she was speaking to her husband.)
Both Crixus & Spartacus slew Gladiators in the arena before receiving the mark of the brotherhood.
Naevia and Gannicus, despite being in the same ludus for years, never speak until the third season.
The character Barca was initially written as Oenomaeus the Gaul. However Antonio Te Maioha who had been cast for the role was only available for 6 episodes of filming. So, his characteristics (mainly his bond with Crixus) were re-written to the new character Barca. The Writers then changed the identity of Doctore to be revealed as Oenomaeus.
Throughout the entire first season "Blood & Sand", Spartacus and Naevia never exchange words.
Viva Bianca described her character, Ilithyia, as a "valley girl."
During a behind the scenes interview at Comic Con, Liam McIntyre quipped that the hardest part of playing Spartacus was trying to reign his "inner nerd" in.
The character Barca ("The Beast of Carthage") shares the name of Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps on Elephant back to attack Rome. Hannibal also had a younger brother named Mago, in the episode "Legends", it is revealed that Barca earned his title by slaying the leader of his people, named "Mago", who was rumored to have also been Barca's father.
Viva Bianca and Jai Courtney had previously attended Drama School together and were close friends in Australia. They didn't know each other was cast in Spartacus until they reunited on set.
Every villain is tied to the house of Batiatus in some way: Lucretia, Quintus, Ashur, Ilithyia and Glaber all lived in the house at some point for an extended period of time; Marcus Crassus is connected through his cousin, Licinia, who was murdered by Ilithyia. Ironically, the show never touches on Marcus' connection.
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.
Varro (Jai Courtney) was originally planned to be killed off in the eighth episode.
Crixus is the only character to be friends (at some point) with all the prominent gladiators from all three seasons and its prequel. Spartacus' only friend was Varro in the first season; Agron never met Barca; and Gannicus never met Varro.
The only people Spartacus hug are: Sura, Varro, Mira, Aurelia, and Gannicus.
Many of the rebels show skill with certain weapons other than swords. They are often seen using them in battle. Saxa uses twin daggers, Lugo uses a hammer, Nasir uses a spear, and Donar uses an ax.
It was Starz's decision to end the show on season 3, even though creator Steven S. DeKnight has said that he had stories for a few more years. He was told in advance so he could wrap up the story.
Sam Witwer was considered to replace Andy Whitfield as Spartacus.
Wentworth Miller was announced to be replacing Andy Whitfield as the title character and had expressed interest in taking on the role.
Each season of the series, features a character named "Tiberius." In Season 1 "Blood & Sand", Tiberius is the name of one of the Gargan twins that Crixus defeated. In Season 2 "Vengeance", Tiberius is Nasir's slave name given to him by his master. (Which he never liked and stopped using once he accepted his freedom) In Season 3 "War of the Damned", Tiberius is the name of Marcus Crassus' son.
There is some irony surrounding the casting of 3 of the main characters. Spartacus was from Thrace, particularly modern day Bulgaira. Crixus was from Gaul, which is modern day France. Varro was Roman, which meant he was Italian. The actor who portrays Gnaeus is himself Bulgarian./Historically, Crixus was a Frenchman with Curly hair. Jai Courtney being the fair-skinned, curly haired actor would have been the "accurate" choice for Crixus, but instead portrayed Varro. Manu Bennet is of the Maori tribe in New Zealand (who can virtually pass for any ethnicity) and would have been the ideal "visual choice" to play the Italian Varro.
Katrina Law, Lucy Lawless, Cynthia Addai Robinson, Marisa Ramirez, and Nick E. Tarabay all appeared on CSI : Miami. But, none appeared in the same episode.
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Jai Courtney (Varro) and Nick Tarabay (Asher) both went on to play the DC Comics villain [Captain] Boomerang. Courtney in the 2016 Suicide Squad Movie and Tarabay in The CW's TV show Arrow (2012).
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Oenomaeus is the only Gladiator with an inverted Brand.
Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Anna Hutchinson (Laeta), Jenna Lind (Kore), and Vince Colosimo (Heracleo) each acted in the Australian television show "Underbelly."
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There are many actor crossovers between the Spartacus series and the DC Cinematic Universe. Nick Tarabay, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Katrina Law, Manu Bennett, Liam McIntyre and Jai Courtney all went on to play roles based on comic book characters. Courtney (as [Captain] Boomerang) in The Suicide Squad (2016) and the others in The CW's Arrow (2012) and it's spin-off The Flash (2014) (Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, Nyssa Al-Ghul and Slade [Deathstroke] Wilson and Weather Wizard respectively). In addition, Lesley-Ann Brandt appears in an episode of Gotham (2014).
Cynthia-Addai Robinson and Nick Tarabay had small roles in "Star Trek: Into Darkness".
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Cynthia Addai Robinson, Marisa Ramirez, Brett Tucker & Lesley Anne Brandt all appeared in episodes of CSI: NY. Coincidently, Cynthia and Lesley both played Naevia in the series.
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Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan Lawrence have co-starred before in X: Night of Vengeance (2011).
Throughout most of the series, if Spartacus drops one of his two swords while fighting, he makes no effort to retrieve the lost weapon. He either continues the fight with one blade in hand, or retrieves a different secondary weapon altogether.
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The deaths of Canthara and Sanus are never actually shown. Both deaths are talked about but surprisingly never shown.
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To distinguish which version of Spartacus they are talking about, fans have dubbed Andy Whitfield's portrayal as "Andy Spartacus" and Liam McIntyre's performance as "Liam Spartacus". Other variations include: "AS/LS", "Andy's Sparty/Liam's Sparty".
When Nasir is first introduced, he shares with Agron his Syrian heritage and that he had an older brother. The remote possibility of his older brother being either Dagon or Ashur, is not touched upon after that conversation.
Both Ellen Hollman (Saxa) & Cynthia Addai Robinson (Naevia) guest starred on CSI : Crime Scene Investigation during the 14th season.
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Both Crixus and Oenomaeus were champions just prior to their bouts with Theokoles. Each walked away from the fight having lost their title and gained scars from the giant on the chest and back.
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Agron, Ashur, Nasir, Donar, Lugo, Varro, Hamilcar, Barca, Duro, Heracleo, Rhaskos, Pietros, Nemetes and Kerza are the only male characters of note whose names do not end with the letters (or pronunciation of...) "us." Equally, Kore and Sibyl are the only female characters of note whose names do not end with the letter "a" and the pronunciation of "uh."
Many women are actually shown fighting fiercely in the rebellion. However Saxa and Naevia are the two prominent fighters shown.
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At the end of Victory (#3.10), Spartacus, when he succumbs to his spear wounds, was buried with his shield as his grave marker. In the history of Spartacus, after Spartacus died, his body was never found.
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Fans of the series felt Spartacus falling in love with Mira was out of character for Spartacus and that Spartacus would never love another woman after the death of Sura.
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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)
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Lesley Ann Brandt decided not to return for Series 2, but agreed to return for the prequel and Cynthia Addai-Robinson assumed the role of Naevia.
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Marisa Ramirez (Melitta) was not considered for the role of Sura, whom was played Erin Cummings.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Andy Whitfield (Spartacus) stated numerous times that the reason his on screen friendship with Jai Courtney (Varro) felt genuine is because it was. The two remained best friends until Whitfield's death.
In the first season, Spartacus never smiles again after Varro's death.
In the scene where Spartacus dies, the script called for Laeta to kiss Spartacus goodbye. It was changed at the last minute so that Agron would be the one who kisses Spartacus' forehead at the behest of Dan Feuerriegel. The actor felt it would be more emotional coming from someone Spartacus considered a brother.
Spartacus never learns that Ilithyia plotted Varro's death.
Viva Bianca stated that both Ilithyia and Lucretia were meant to die in the ludus massacre; but DeKnight changed his mind when Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer and Lesley Ann-Brandt chose not to renew her contract. He felt the changes would be too much for viewers to accept so he brought back as many familiar faces he could to help with the transition.
Batiatus died without discovering that Lucretia killed his father. Similarly, Glaber died without knowing that Ilithyia became pregnant by Spartacus.
No one ever uncovers that Lucretia was indirectly responsible for Melitta's death.
Not one character or actor appeared in every episode of the show (including the prequel mini series Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena). Crixus (Manu Bennett) is in the most episodes, being absent from only the final two. Even the titular character Spartacus is completely absent from the prequel series and the character of Naevia is portrayed by two different actors and the character is also absent from two episodes.
Agron is the only person from the house of Batiatus to survive the series.
Crixus and Spartacus fight each other at least 8 times throughout the series. Seven of those fights occur within the first season and one occurs in the final season. Of these fights, 3 were fueled by anger, 3 were sparring sessions and 2 were scheduled matches.
Laeta is the only woman in the series that Spartacus slept with, that lived. Sura, Ilithyia and Mira are the only other women to lay with Spartacus and each perished.
The only person Gannicus told about his affair with Melitta was Spartacus. This was done to show how deep their bond had become as neither Gannicus nor Oenomaus had told anyone.
Vettius is the only villain from the series (including the prequel "Gods of the Arena) who's ultimate fate remains unknown. He along with Crassus and Caesar are the only main villains who are not killed during the duration of the show.
Spartacus and Crixus die in a similar fashion. Each Gladiator is impaled from behind with a spear before delivering a final death blow to a defeated Roman commander.
Agron was originally supposed to die during the massacre instead of Duro; the writers changed their minds since Agron was always saving his brother, they felt it would be more emotional if Duro repaid the act.
It was rumored that Erin Cummings (Sura) would make a cameo in the final episode of the series but instead it was Peter Mensah (Oenomaus).
Among the numerous Gladiators from the House of Batiatus who were taught that death in the arena at the hands of a Gladiator was a "glorious death" only 6 achieved such deaths (including characters from the show's prequel, but were all under less than ideal circumstances). The first Doctore, was killed by Oenomaeus (but not in the arena). Auctus was killed by Crixus in the arena (however, Crixus entered the Arena absent the mark of the Brotherhood and did not become a Gladiator until he slew Auctus). Dagon was killed by Ashur (but Ashur sabotaged Dagon first during elimination rounds in training and again during the battle royale). Gnaeus was killed by Spartacus in a fit of rage (but not in the arena). Varro was killed by Spartacus at Numerius' birthday celebration (during a match that was meant only to be exhibition and only through the machinations of Ilithyia). And finally, Rhaskos was killed in the arena by other Gladiators (but it was during his execution, not a fair match).
The majority of the rebels find their demise in a similar fashion. They are either attacked when they are off guard or attacked from behind. Brictius is killed from behind. Spartacus and Crixus both sustain injuries from behind that lead to their death. Lugo gets stabbed from behind which quickens his death. Chadara gets shot with an arrow from behind unintentionally. Naevia and Diona die in a similar fashion, killed from behind while on their knees. While Saxa gets killed from the front while she is distracted.
Foreshadowings of several character deaths occur within the first few episodes: Spartacus is shown being an expert with the spear - that is what kills him; Varro and Spartacus have a discussion about who Spartacus wants dead in the ludus but Varro is not one of them - Spartacus kills Varro; Ilithyia wonders what keeps the gladiators from breaking free and killing everyone - gladiators slaughter the guests in a massacre.
In a way, the series has been done like a trilogy: Blood and Sand (Series 1) depicts Spartacus's enslavement, his rise as a Gladiator champion and the fall of the House of Batiatus. Vengeance (Series 2) depicts Spartacus as he begins the slave rebellion and sets out to get revenge on Gaius Claudius Glaber and War of the Damned (Series 3) depicts Marcus Licinus Crassus as he sets out to crush Spartacus, eventually defeating Spartacus and crushing the the slave rebellion and the death of Spartacus.
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Of all the Germans relieved from the slave ship in "Vengeance", Saxa lasts the longest.
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In the backstory behind Lucretia and Crixus' "love affair," Quintus Batiatus is infertile and cannot impregnate Lucretia. She initially decides to use Crixus to give her a child, as Gauls were fabled to be highly fertile. Eventually Lucretia becomes attached to Crixus; making him her sex slave and nearly ignoring the chance of getting pregnant. All of this is revealed in the prequel "Gods of the Arena".
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It was believed that Gods of the Arena, the 6 part prequel to Blood and Sand was the 2nd season. However, Gods of the Arena took place around 5 years before Blood and Sand, before Spartacus was enslaved and became a Gladiator.
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