The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations...
This Season, The Fight For Freedom Is Fueled By Vengeance (Season 2)
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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. See more
The characters frequently address Batiatus, among others, using the form of address "Dominus" (Lord). In Latin, the proper form of this word used when addressing an individual would be in the vocative case, and should instead be "Domine." See more
What of you, Spartacus? Are you a blessing to us?
[looks to Ilithyia
To others, a curse.
The duality of his kind: admired as a gladiator; yet despised as a slave.
During the series run, each episode has shots from the season as the background while the credits roll. The pictures in the background vary depending on the season. The exception to this being the series finale where a montage of the characters are displayed. See more
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