Now the property of Quintus Batiatus, Spartacus finds himself at Batiatus' gladiatorial combat school. He is anything but cooperative and refuses to do as he is told leading to frequent conflict with his trainer and other gladiators, particularly Crixus. Claudius Glaber would still like to see him dead and takes delight in telling him that his wife is still alive and that his men raped her after they were taken into bondage. Batiatus, who is having severe financial problems and is in debt to money lenders at usurious rates of interest, is hoping to gain favor with Glaber. A evening of food and entertainment doesn't go as planned when Glaber and his wife, looking down on their provincial hosts, leave as quickly as they arrive. Glaber's visit does provide the carrot Batiatus needs to reign in Spartacus: cooperation in return for the promise of finding Sura. Written by
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When Doctore and Batiatus discuss the potential of the new recruits, Doctore expresses his pessimism regarding their abilities. He then remarks that they were "men my own mother would not have in the arena." Batiatus retorts to Doctore, "You have no mother. You were belched from the Underworld." Though the statement was hyperbole for saying that Doctore (Oenomaeus) fought like a demon, it was proved to be nonetheless true in the second season "Vengenace." In the episode " A place in this world" it is revealed that Oenomaeus was discovered by Batiatus' father in the Pits of the Underworld. See more
[Addressing Spartacus and the new recruits
What is beneath your feet?
Answer! *What* is beneath your feet?
Crixus! What is beneath your feet?
Sacred ground, Doctore. Watered with the tears of blood.
*Your* tears! *Your* blood! Your *pathetic* lives forged into something of worth. Listen! Learn! And, perhaps, live - As *Gladiators*! Now Attend your master.
You have been blessed! Each and every one of you, to find yourselves here at the ludus of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, ...