Spartacus (2010–2013)
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The Red Serpent 

Spartacus, a free man of Thrace, agrees to join the Romans to battle his tribe's enemies. A betrayal sends his life spinning out of control.


Rick Jacobson




Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Erin Cummings ... Sura
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Craig Parker ... Claudius Glaber
Kyle Rowling ... Drenis
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
John Rawls ... Byzo
Kevin J. Wilson ... Senator Albinius
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Aron Eastwood ... Tribune
John Way John Way ... Capuan Man


In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce warriors and prove to be valiant in battle. They are deceived by the Roman commander, Claudius Glaber, who orders them to fight against the Greeks, something they had not counted on. One of them in particular refuses to fight and rebels against the Romans only to lose the fight and is enslaved along with his wife Sura. The Thracian is transported to Capua where Senator Albinius is sponsoring gladiatorial games. In the arena, the enslaved Thracian manages to defeat four opponents and in allowing the Thracian to live, Senator Albinius decides to name him after a Thracian king from the past: Spartacus. Written by garykmcd

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Spartacus' real name is never revealed. Whenever he is asked for his real name, he is interrupted. See more »


At the very end when Senator Albinius signals to spare the newly named Spartacus' life he gives the modern thumbs up sign. In ancient Rome the thumbs up sign was to signify the sword being thrust into the heart and therefore death. The closed fist with the thumb against the index finger signified spare the gladiators life. If Senator Albinius had given the thumbs up sign then the gladiator would have been put to death but Spartacus' life was to be spared so the sign was incorrect for the desired result. See more »


Spartacus: Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.
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It's okay
12 April 2010 | by rico_scpSee all my reviews

There are two sides to this mini series. I just watched the first 3 episodes and there is one thing that I really like and one thing that I really love about this.

The graphics are terribly bad, they should have really put more time into certain things (e.g. the blood, the panoramic views) However I love Roman stories and this story is kind of fun so that's why I decided to view the other episodes too.

So if you don't mind that the graphics aren't that good and you like ancient Roman stories (it reminds me of the TV series Rome), then this is a cool series to watch!

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Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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