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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There is some irony surrounding the casting of 3 of the main characters. Spartacus was from Thrace, particularly modern day Bulgaira. Crixus was from Gaul (Modern day France) and Varro was Italian. Raicho Vasilev who portrays Gnaeus, is himself Bulgarian. Crixus' name roughly translates to "Curly Hair." Jai Courtney being the fair-skinned, curly haired actor would have been the "accurate visual" choice for Crixus, but instead portrayed Varro. Manu Bennet (who portrays Crixus) is of Maori descent from New Zealand (Many of which are visually "ambiguous" in terms of ethnic identity) and would have been the ideal "visual choice" to play the Italian Varro. See more
In several episodes the use of the letter U, for example under the bust that Batiatus made for Spartacus, was seen. The letter U in Latin wasn't used in place of V as consonant until the Middle ages. See more
[talking about the reasons why they are fighting
are so moved toward the memory of my son. As yours toward wife no longer...
Do not think to place your loss on equal footing! Your son took up arms for the republic - the same one that saw my innocent wife torn from grasp, condemned to slavery and death.
And now you would lead thousands to join her in futile attempt?
Whatever happens to my people, it happens because *we* choose for it. *We* decide our fates; not you, not the Romans...
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