Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Season 1 Episode 2

Sacramentum Gladiatorum

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 29, 2010 on Starz
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Spartacus must prove his worth to become a gladiator in order to save his enslaved wife. He befriends Varro during their harsh trials to become gladiators. Batiatus, the gladiator master, promises to find Sura, while Spartacus must face Crixus to pass his trials.

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Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Claudius Glaber

Guest Star

Karl Drinkwater

Karl Drinkwater


Guest Star

Kyle Pryor

Kyle Pryor


Guest Star

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney


Recurring Role

Antonio Te Maioha

Antonio Te Maioha


Recurring Role

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sura: I will always be with you. The gods themselves could not keep me from your side.
      : I would kill them all for trying.

    • Barca: This is the one. The Spartacus everyone's been pissing about.
      : Spartacus? My name...
      Crixus: No one gives shit to who you were, Thracian.

    • Barca: What do you expect from a Thracian? Smells like fresh shit.
      Crixus: Oh they all do. Except for their women; they smell like piss and shit.
      : What're you then?
      Crixus: I'm a Gaul, little man. The greatest of my kind! Crixus, the Undefeated!
      : A Gaul! That explains why you... smell like a woman.

    • Doctore: What is beneath your feet?
      : Sand?
      (Laughter follows)
      : Crixus! What is beneath your feet?
      : Sacred ground, Doctore. Watered with the tears of blood.
      Your tears. Your blood. Your pathetic lives forged into something of worth. Listen. Learn. And perhaps, live. As gladiators. Now, attend your master!
      Batiatus: You have been blessed, each and every one of you. You find yourselves here in the ludus of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, purveyor of the finest gladiators in all the republic! Prove yourselves in the hard days to follow, prove yourselves more than a common slave, more than a man! Fail and die, either here where you stand or sold off to the mines. Succeed, and stand proud among my titans!

    • Doctore: A gladiator does not fear death. He embraces it, caresses it, fucks it.

    • Doctore: None of you stray dogs would last a fleeting moment except one (About Spartacus) This sad, battered Thracian stood against four in the arena, condemned to die, given nothing but a sword to wage his life upon. They came at him again and again and again. He defied death, fate, the Gods themselves. Gaze at this man, study him and realize he is nothing but a coward, a deserter from the auxiliary, his victory in the arena as hollow as his courage.

    • Doctore: Allow advantage to your back and you are dead. Become entangled with a more powerful opponent and you are dead. Hurl your sword in the arena and you are dead again!

    • Varro: Shit-fucking slaves and criminals, the lot of them.
      Spartacus: Are we the better?
      : You survived your own execution, twice if you mark the Gaul over there not introducing your brains to the sand. You are of a difference, Thracian, above this unfortunate collection.

    • Batiatus: (to Doctore while in a rage) You have no mother! You were belched from the cunt of the underworld: that's why I favour you!

    • Doctore: (to Batiatus) Your will, my hands.

    • Spartacus: (referring to Sura) My life then... in exchange for hers.
      : Your life is no longer yours to bargain.

    • Claudius Glaber: A parting kindness... to bind us (He procures the purple ribbon) I took it from her thigh to preserve the scent before my men stained it with their own.
      Spartacus: No!
      Glaber: She was a savage amusement. And when the fight finally left her eyes I sold her to an unpleasant Syrian for half a coin.

    • Ilithyia: You really shouldn't have gone to the trouble, Lucretia. These common dishes leave my stomach unsettled.

    • Ilithya: The Gods yet ignore us.
      Lucretia: Perhaps we've done something to offend them.
      Ilithyia: I try to do a little something every day.

    • Ilithyia: (About the gladiators) They are wild and savage, aren't they? Like something out of a fever dream.

    • Batiatus: Why are you here, in this place, under my hospitality? Do you know why? Spartacus: Because I trusted in the honor of a Roman.
      : You are here because of my grandfather. He built this ludus. He believed that no man was without worth. That even the most vile among us could rise to honor and glory. He instilled these beliefs in my father, who in turn passed them on to me. I am a lanista. Like my forefathers, a trainer of gladiators. I see things in men that they themselves have lost, small spark, an ember, I give it breath, tender, until it ignites in the arena.

    • Batiatus: Well then, how do you know she still lives?
      : How do you know the heart beats beneath your chest?
      : Most days I don't. I'm just a simple Roman trying to make his way against the whim of the gods, the politicians, the miscreants. So often you can't tell one from the other, but you… you are the most dangerous of animals, beast born of the heart.

    • Batiatus: What would you do to hold your wife again, to feel the warmth of her skin, to taste her lips, would you kill?
      : Whoever stood between us.
      Batiatus: How many men? A hundred, A thousand?
      : I would kill them all.
      : Then do it in the arena. Fight for me, and the honor of my forefathers. Prove yourself, climb to the pinnacle, gain your freedom, and that of the woman you've lost. Spartacus: I did not lose her. She was taken from me.
      : A man must accept his fate, or be destroyed by it.
      Spartacus: Why would I place my fate in the hands of another Roman?
      Batiatus: Because of what they hold (Procures the purple strap that Spartacus gave to Sura) Your wife's? (Spartacus nods) Pass the final test tonight with honor and servitude, call me Dominus, and I will help to reunite you (Places the strap in his hand) The choice is yours.

    • Batiatus: Not every venture ends in climax.
      Lucretia: A fact known well to every woman.

    • Batiatus: (at the end of the training) Your life now promises meaning. Swear it to me. Recite the sacramentum gladiatorum.
      : I commit my flesh, my mind, my will to the glory of this ludus and the commands of my master, Batiatus. I swear to be burned, chained, beaten or die by the sword in pursuit of honour in the arena.
      : Welcome to the brotherhood!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: June 1, 2010 on Bravo.
      Czech Republic: June 8, 2010 on HBO.
      Turkey: September 26, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Slovakia: July 17, 2011 on Markiza.