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The Red Serpent 

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 ... See full summary »

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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 garykmcd

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Each of the four gladiators that Spartacus defeated in the arena, fought in a different gladiatorial style. Arkadios (the "Red Serpent" fighter) was a Murmillo. Among the other three fighters was a Retiarius, a Secutor (Axe-wielding) and a Hoplomachus. See more »

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At the very end when Senator Albinius signals to spare the newly named Spartacus' life he gives the modern thumbs up sign. In ancient Rome the thumbs up sign was to signify the sword being thrust into the heart and therefore death. The closed fist with the thumb against the index finger signified spare the gladiators life. If Senator Albinius had given the thumbs up sign then the gladiator would have been put to death but Spartacus' life was to be spared so the sign was incorrect for the desired result. See more »

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Spartacus: Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.
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Mind-blowing bad.
13 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

A pitiful starting episode for a new series, with no introduction of the story behind the concept. If you are not familiar with the history of the zone and era,this movie won't make you click.If you know the history you'll be shocked of the lengths to which the movie "invents" that history.And while not meant to be a documentary, I find it in poor taste to be so promiscuous when it comes to actual facts. This episode has a script filled with cheesy lines and sex scenes.I bet there are out there porn productions with less sex in them. The backgrounds are dull, shadowed to full extent to cover up the lack of talent in creating a scene.When it comes to special effects, some movies use them to divert the attention from a bad storyline.In this case, I see that these effects are even worse than the storyline, all in all leaving nothing behind but a bitter taste and an bar set so low,it is impossible for me to fathom wasting another second watching any future releases.


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