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.
Did You Know?
The Gladiator that points his sword at Spartacus during the celebration, is Arkadios; Champion of the House of Solonius and the Gladiator who wields the shield with the Red Serpent. However, the actor that portrays Arkadios in armor is Raicho Vasilev. See more
When Illithyia surprises Glaber inside his tent, she remarks "What if I'd been an 'Assassin?' I'd be a widow." The story of Spartacus begins around 75 B.C.; two years prior to the beginning of the Third Servile War. The term "assassin" is based on the Arabic name "Hashashin" which was likened to a group of Nizari Ismalis who operated in the Middle East during the Crusades; approximately 1500 years following the events of Spartacus. Therefore the term Assassin was not a common reference for a silent killer during this time period. See more
Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.