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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Creator Steven S. DeKnight originally planned for the series to have five seasons total, including the Gods of the Arena prequel. Seasons 3 and 4 would have seen the slow build of Spartacus's army and defeating other generals in battle, with the Romans scheming and plotting against each other. The fifth and final season would have seen Spartacus finally confronting Crassus. See more
Julius Caesar is referenced as a tribune, however this would be impossible as the office of tribune was specifically created for the plebeian class. Caesar was a patrician (aristocracy), and therefore ineligible for the office of tribune, no matter how much Crassus bribed on Caesar's behalf. See more
You were *nothing* before me! I gave you the means to accept your fate!
And now you are destroyed by it.
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