Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. First he and a trusted band sneak up to the commanders' hideout villa to slay them. The senate fears Rome itself may be endangered but lacks funds and men to mount a suitably large army. 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.
So Metellus turns to immensely rich, ambitious Marcus Crassus, who accepts, to eager son Tiberius's frustration without even negotiating an accordingly exalted status or mandate, and continuous private sparring with a dearly paid gladiator, whom he ends up killing in a fair duel. With Glaber dead Spartacus and his army of rebels, now amounting to thousands, has become a force to be reckoned with. Determined to bring down the Roman Republic Spartacus leads his mass of freed slaves into a full out war. 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. Rome's only hope is Marcus Crassus who, aided by young Julius Caesar, will do his might to crush Spartacus and his rebellion.
Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Furius and Cossinius can't capture the rebel slaves army, nor properly keep their plans secret. The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. With a young Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus must crush the rebellion. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training.
Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Realizing hiding will be much harder in winter, Spartacus decides to capture a town. Spartacus aims to secure a bargaining chip he can use against the Romans and celebrates the memory of a fallen brother. Spartacus's victory unwittingly plays into Crassus's hand, as he now formally 'inherits' sole command. .
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. Together with Gannicus and Agron, they prepare for war with Rome. The rebellion has swelled to thousands of freed slaves, and Spartacus is determined to bring down the Roman Republic. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. .
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