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... Written by
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There are many actor crossovers between the Spartacus series and the DC Cinematic Universe. Nick Tarabay, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Katrina Law, Manu Bennett, Liam McIntyre and Jai Courtney all went on to play roles based on comic book characters. Courtney (as [Captain] Boomerang) in The Suicide Squad (2016) and the others in The CW's Arrow (2012) and it's spin-off The Flash (2014) (Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, Nyssa Al-Ghul and Slade [Deathstroke] Wilson and Weather Wizard respectively). In addition, Lesley-Ann Brandt appears in an episode of Gotham (2014). Ironically enough, Arrow's lead actor Stephen Amell was one of a handful of actors to be considered for the role of Spartacus- possibly placing third in choice behind Dustin Claire and the Late Andy Whitfield. See more
The characters frequently address Batiatus, among others, using the form of address "Dominus" (Lord). In Latin, the proper form of this word used when addressing an individual would be in the vocative case, and should instead be "Domine." See more
I have had my fill of words and tearful farewells. I desire blood and cries of our enemy.
Let us make it so.
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