In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce warriors and prove to be valiant in battle. They are deceived by the Roman commander, Claudius Glaber, who orders them to fight against the Greeks, something they had not counted on. One of them in particular refuses to fight and rebels against the Romans only to lose the fight and is enslaved along with his wife Sura. The Thracian is transported to Capua where Senator Albinius is sponsoring gladiatorial games. In the arena, the enslaved Thracian manages to defeat four opponents and in allowing the Thracian to live, Senator Albinius decides to name him after a Thracian king from the past: Spartacus. Written by
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Historically speaking, The Province of Thrace put up the longest and most formidable resistance to the rapidly growing Roman republic before being overtaken. The events of Spartacus occur years later. (Which is supported by Glaber's opening statement, "Thrace and the Rupublic have no always been as brothers...") See more
When Illithyia surprises Glaber in his tent, she jokingly asks "What if I'd been an Assassin?" The story of Spartacus starts somewhere around 75 B.C. Over 1,000 years before the term "Assassin" existed or became synonymous with hired killers. See more