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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 of Roman life and a tale of one man's heroic quest for vengeance.

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S1E1

Series Rewind: Official Season 1, Episode 1 Discussion: The Red Serpent 15 comments

S1E2

Series Rewind: Official Episode Discussion: Season 1, Episode 2: Sacramentum Gladiatorum 8 comments

S1E8

Season 1 Episode 8 Discussion 13 comments

S3E1

Official Season 3 Episode 1 Discussion (spoilers) 114 comments

S3E2

Official Season 3 Episode 2 Discussion! (spoilers) 86 comments

S3E3

Official Season 3 Episode 3 Discussion! (spoilers) 154 comments

S3E4

Official Season 3 Episode 4 Discussion (Spoilers) 152 comments

S3E5

Official Season 3 Episode 5 Discussion - Blood Brothers (Spoilers) 267 comments

S3E6

Official Season 3 Episode 6 Discussion - Spoils of War (Spoilers) 119 comments

S3E7

Official Season 3 Episode 7 Discussion - Mors Indecepta (Spoilers) 115 comments

S3E8

Official Season 3 Episode 8 Discussion - Separate Paths (Spoilers) 274 comments

S3E9

Official Season 3 Episode 9 Episode Discussion - The Dead and the Dying 165 comments

S3E10

Official Season 3 Episode 10 Discussion - Victory (Spoilers, Series Finale) 199 comments