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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 ...  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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"Gods of the Arena" takes place 5 years before "Blood and Sand". See more »

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Far exceeds expectations
21 February 2011 | by Brian BoyleSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Blood and Sand, but as a guilty pleasure. Outrageous sex and violence, some truly terrible dialogue and dodgy acting from Kiwi accented muscle men. It was fun, but not gripping nor truly addictive.

I was happy to sit back and enjoy more of the same, but Gods of the Arena is a major evolution.

There's less blood (although still more that any other show, ever) and less sex (likewise) , but far more dastardly pots and intrigue. The dialogue is more Shakespearian and the accents are reigned in. A (small) dose of Deadwood has gone a long way to making this show a cult classic. I hope they keep making these.


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