Friday, April 12, 2013

Spartacus: Victory

Tonight one of the finest TV shows in history leaves the air as Spartacus: War of the Damned ends with "Victory" on Starz. From the first episode of this show I have been hooked. The acting has been phenomenal, the blood filling the TV screen was reminiscent of 300, and the language used in the series was downright awesome. 

The show followed the slave of the Rome known as Spartacus and his rebellion to conform to being a slave and a gladiator. Through his rebellion his army sent trembles through the Roman empire as he defeated each infantry sent his way, until the final battle with Crassus. 

It's been a brilliant and tragic journey for both character and show, having lost original star Andy Whitfield to cancer back in 2011. In an attempt to keep the story moving during Whitfield's recovery, Starz provide us with 6 prequel episodes aptly named, "Gods of the Arena" which introduced us to Gannicus, the slave that won his freedom in the arena. 

When Whitfield lost his battle with cancer, Starz decided to replace him with Liam McIntrye in the second full season known as "Vengeance." In this season, Spartacus defeated Gaius Claudius Glaber in a fiery battle on Mount Vesuvius. 

In season 3, "War of the Damned" Spartacus continued to thrive and survive, even when hunted by Marcus Crassus. But the weight of all who have fallen in the name of freedom (For Oenomaus, Varro, Mira, Sura and of course Crixus) has become to much to carry and the time has come for Spartacus, Gannicus, and all who remain to either win their freedom or die gloriously in battle. 

Best Quotes of the Series:

Spartacus at the end of Blood and Sand: 
I have done this thing because it is just. Blood demands blood. We have lived and lost at the whims of our masters for to long. I would not have it so. I would not see the passing of a brother, for the purpose of sport. I would not see another heart ripped from a chest, or breath forfeit for no cause. I know not all of you wish this, yet it is done. It is done. Your lives are your own. Forge your own path, or join with us, and together we shall see Rome tremble!

Kill them, Kill them all!


Batiatus and Spartacus: 
Batiatus: What would you do to hold your wife again, to feel the warmth of her skin, to taste her lips, would you kill?

Spartacus: Whoever stood between us. 
Batiatus: How many men? A hundred, A thousand?
Spartacus: I would kill them all.
Crixus:
Once again the gods spread the cheeks and ram c*** in f***ing ass!

And I would soon sever c*** from body than tolerate anyone disparaging it.

Overall I would give this show a 10 out of 10. 

History of Spartacus: 
History tells us that once Spartacus and his band of slave brothers escaped from the House of Batiatus that they moved toward Mount Vesuvius. Once there the slaves named Spartacus, Crixus and Oenomaus as their leaders. Later Gannicus and Castus were also named leaders. 

The response of the Romans was hampered by the absence of the Roman legions, which were already engaged in fighting a revolt in Spain and the Third Mithridatic War. Furthermore, the Romans considered the rebellion more of a policing matter than a war. Rome dispatched militia under the command of Praetor Gaius Cladius Glabor, which besieged Spartacus and his camp on Mount Vesuvius, hoping that starvation would force Spartacus to surrender. They were surprised when Spartacus, who had made ropes from vines, climbed down the cliff of the volcano with his men and attacked the unfortified Roman camp in the rear, killing most of them. 

The slaves then defeated a second militia and freed thousands more slaves in the process and built their numbers up to over 70,000. The legion was growing until a third militia was sent that killed some 30,000 slaves led by Crixus, but were later defeated by the slaves led by Spartacus. 

Alarmed by the apparently unstoppable rebellion, the Roman senate charged Marcus Crassus, the wealthiest man in Rome and the only volunteer for the position to end the rebellion. Crassus was put in charge of eight legions, approximately 40,000 - 50,000 trained Roman soldiers, which he treated with harsh, even brutal, discipline, reviving the punishment of unit decimation. When Spartacus and his followers, who for unclear reasons had retreated to the south of Italy, moved northward again in early 71 BC, Crassus deployed six of his legions on the borders and detached his legage Mummius with two legions to maneuver behind Spartacus. Though ordered not to engage the slaves, Mummius attacked at a seemingly opportune moment but was routed. After this, Crassus' legions were victorious in several engagements, forcing Spartacus farther south through Lucania as Crassus gained the upper hand. By the end of 71 BC, Spartacus was encamped in Rhegium, near the Strait of Messina. 

Spartacus then made a deal with the pirates of the seas to transport him and some 2000 of his men to Sicily where Spartacus was hoping to set slaves free and rebuild his army. However, the pirates turned on Spartacus and took payment but never transferred him and his army to Sicily. 

Thus this setup the final battle with Crassus, in 71 BC on the present territory of Senerchia on the right bank of the river Sele in the area that includes the border of Oliveto Citra up to those of Calabritto, near the village of Quaglietta, in High Sele Valley, which at that time was part of Lucania. In the battle Crassus legions defeated Spartacus and his army. Some 6,000 slaves were captured and crucified lining the way from Rome to Capua...Spartacus' body was never found. 





Items in this blog were excerpts from Wikipedia, www.ign.com, and http://spartacus.wikia.com/wiki/Crixus




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