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Spartacus: War of the Damned 

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (original title)
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.
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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... Written by WellardRockard

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Wentworth Miller was rumored to be replacing Andy Whitfield as the title character when he had expressed interest in taking on the role. See more »

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In several episodes the use of the letter U, for example under the bust that Batiatus made for Spartacus, was seen. The letter U in Latin wasn't used in place of V as consonant until the Middle ages. See more »

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Spartacus: There are many men in this place that I would see dead. You are not among them.
Varro: One day you may not have a choice.
Spartacus: There is always a choice.
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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 »

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More 300 and Less Rome.
9 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you liked "300" for its over the top everything, blood, and sex, then this is just what you have been waiting for. If you are looking for another "Rome" just keep on looking. This series is not for people who liked "Rome." You are not going to find good acting, dialogue, writing, or likable characters here. What you will find is a spiritual sequel to "300" and all the fun stuff and green screens that went with it. There is no substance but it is still fun. Three episodes in and I am done with it. I figured I would give the show a chance and I have seen all I want to see. I adored HBO's "Rome" and this is a silly joke in comparison.

Everything in Rome seemed larger than life: set pieces, historical figures, battles, roman politics. "Blood and Sand" offers blood...and sand. Do yourself a favor and watch the old Spartacus and stay away from this show.


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