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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena 

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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.
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Series cast summary:
John Hannah ...  Batiatus 6 episodes, 2011
Manu Bennett ...  Crixus 6 episodes, 2011
Peter Mensah ...  Oenomaus 6 episodes, 2011
Dustin Clare ...  Gannicus 6 episodes, 2011
Nick E. Tarabay ...  Ashur 6 episodes, 2011
Lucy Lawless ...  Lucretia 6 episodes, 2011
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ...  Solonius 6 episodes, 2011
Lesley-Ann Brandt ...  Naevia 6 episodes, 2011
Antonio Te Maioha ...  Barca 6 episodes, 2011
Stephen Lovatt ...  Tullius 6 episodes, 2011
Shane Rangi ...  Dagan 6 episodes, 2011
Jessica Grace Smith Jessica Grace Smith ...  Diona 6 episodes, 2011
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ...  Gnaeus 6 episodes, 2011
Ioane King Ioane King ...  Rhaskos 6 episodes, 2011
Marisa Ramirez ...  Melitta 5 episodes, 2011
Gareth Williams Gareth Williams ...  Vettius 5 episodes, 2011
Jeffrey Thomas ...  Titus 5 episodes, 2011
Jaime Murray ...  Gaia 4 episodes, 2011
Josef Brown Josef Brown ...  Auctus 3 episodes, 2011
Peter Feeney ...  Quintilius Varis / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Steven A. Davis ...  Indus 3 episodes, 2011
Temuera Morrison ...  Doctore 2 episodes, 2011
Vincent Roxburgh Vincent Roxburgh ...  Duratius 2 episodes, 2011
David Austin David Austin ...  Medicus 2 episodes, 2011
Jason Hood Jason Hood ...  Cossutius 2 episodes, 2011
Andrew Laing Andrew Laing ...  Magistrate Sextus / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Andy Whitfield ...  Spartacus 2 episodes, 2011
David E. Woodley ...  Petronius 2 episodes, 2011
Joel Oliver Joel Oliver ...  Caburus 2 episodes, 2011
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus, in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding its way into the arena.

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21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene of the first episode which was a recap of the finale of Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010) (TV Series) was speculated to had influenced the opening scene of the 30th anniversary special of the long-running British soap opera EastEnders (1985) (TV Series) which was a prequel and detailed the final hours of the life of one of it's regular characters Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater). See more »

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Spartacus: Gods of the Television Industry
22 January 2011 | by JaymullerSee all my reviews

By Jupiter's rooster! I'd be willing to wager coin that many a skeptic became a believer upon viewing the premier of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena". From the opening moment to the final credits I could not gaze in another direction. The brilliant writing combined with outstanding performances and great visuals come together to produce what will no doubt become legend. The depiction of a world with honor among slaves and dishonor among their masters is masterful. The portrayal of a world which doesn't require the web or mass media for it's inhabitants to be exposed to every depravity and brutality known to humanity is enthralling. A better adrenaline rush could only be found by those living in such a world. A must see for connoisseurs of sex and violence. Mere mortals could do worse than vowing patronage to "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena". Never was a more visceral experience produced by a succession of images on an HD screen combined with surround sound!


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