Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1, Episode 1

Past Transgressions (21 Jan. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 9,753 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 6 critic

A pre-Spartacus prequel about life in the House of Batiatus. In the opener, a younger Batiatus is placed in command of his father's gladiator-training school, which leads him to use one of ... See full summary »


0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 86 titles
created 04 Jun 2011
a list of 10 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
a list of 36 titles
created 23 Nov 2012
a list of 43 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Past Transgressions (21 Jan 2011)

Past Transgressions (21 Jan 2011) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
1 of 6 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ashur (as Nick E Tarabay)
Josef Brown ...


A pre-Spartacus prequel about life in the House of Batiatus. In the opener, a younger Batiatus is placed in command of his father's gladiator-training school, which leads him to use one of the most accomplished fighters to curry favor with a nobleman. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

prequel | gaul | slave | gladiator | arena | See All (42) »


TV-MA | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



| |


Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Here the audience meets a new champion in Gannicus, portrayed by Dustin Clare. Dustin was among the final picks for actors to portray Spartacus in "Blood & Sand." Ultimately the role went to the Late Andy Whitfield and Dustin had no involvement in the project. But when Andy was diagnosed with cancer and the prequel was under way, Dustin was the first choice for a new Gladiator to hold the spotlight in Spartacus' stead. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Worthy start to the Prequel !
22 January 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena starts off with a simple recap of the impressive finale of Spartacus:Blood and Sand,"Kill them All". Gods of the Arena is the story of how the house of Batiatus ,gained prominence and rose to the position it had in Blood and Sand.John Hannah reprises his role as a younger Batiatus. Still his swearing,conniving self, his was one of the most well etched out characters from the first season.Giving him company is the younger looking Lucy Lawless,as Lucretia.Both of them,as,in the first season,power hungry and looking to gain favor in the eyes of officials by any means possible to garner favor for their house which has just happened to come under their control.Bataiatus seeks to pursue a more"aggressive" attitude in matters concerning the ludus as opposed to his father.

We are also introduced to the new additions this season.The heavy drinking-womanizing-gladiator Gannicus,played by Dustin Claire. Fan favorite Doctore from first season is back as well along with Ashur. Gaia(Lila from 'Dexter'),played by Jaime Murray is also introduced in this episode.

This season seeks to dwell upon the rise of the house of Batiatus along with the first Champion of Capua in the form of Gannicus,while the politics surrounding the bloody sport provide a tantalizing setting for another season of gratuitous sex,over the top violence,cringe worthy language which has made the first season achieve near-cult status among its legion of faithful fans.

My Score - 8/10

16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jaime Murray Plodwyn
The Melitta-Gannicus Relationship pcheww
Should I watch this season first? iluvbairs
Crixus goes from loveable underdog to douche in no time mcintosh182
Gannicus and Crixus fusonjason
Gaia Icarus_Phoenix
Discuss Past Transgressions (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page