|Picture related, it's freaking Spartacus.|
Monday, February 7, 2011
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
So I just started watching this show and I have to say it's freaking brutal. Every episode is full of boobs, blood, and orgies. One might find this to be over the top and offensive. I disagree. I think the show captures the depravity and decadence of the Roman people, especially the aristocracy. Most of the show takes place in a Ludus (gladiator training hall), where violence is commonplace and the men are particularly savage. My only major problem with the show so far is that Batiatus, the lanistae (owner of the ludus) has ambitions to become a senator. Historically this would have been impossible as a Lanistae was seen as half pimp and half butcher, they were not exactly the most respectable of people. Though, their position did carry some weight. I also noticed there there are Retiarius (net and trident fighters) which didn't exist at the time of the third Servile War (I think those first came about around 200 years later). I'm sure there are a few other historical inaccuracies that I haven't caught but the show does a pretty good job. All in all though the show is pretty damn fun to watch, I highly recommend it.