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This review is from: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena [DVD]  (DVD)
I had watched Spartacus blood and sand and loved it.
I have always been fascinated with Ancient Rome and i thought this series was in fact spectacular to watch.
It follows of rise of Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Batiatus played by John Hannah and explains how he became the Dominus of his house and Gladitorial school following the death of his father.
This series also follows the rise of Crixus who you were introduced too in Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD]  i found it quite interesting to watch this season as Crixus was a nobody and had to fight very hard to earn his place as Champion of the house.
It also goes into detail about how he came to be the lover of the Lucretia, Domina of the house played by Lucy Lawless.
Most importantly however it details the story of Gannicus, who was not only the Champion of the house before Crixus and earns his freedom, but goes onto become one of Spartacus's most loyal generals in the slave rebellion, this by the way is historical fact, you can read about it here:
This season is short at only 6 episodes but at an hour each it really is worth the money.
Its authentic, violent, bloody and at times extremely brutal, and very very graphically sexual, so i would not recommend it for kids viewing even for historical purposes.
Personally i would highly recommend it but make sure that you buy the 1st season as well, ive included the link at the top of the page.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2011 16:45:35 BDT
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Medieval Lady says:
""Its authentic, violent, bloody and at times extremely brutal, and very very graphically sexual,""
I'm curious to know at what point bloody violence and graphic sex scenes became a hallmark of so called "historical authenticity". It is just because the Programme makers try to justify the content in these terms?
Normally, when people object to certain content in 'Historical' films and Dramas fans are quick to remind them them that entertainment was never meant to be accurate.
Now the opposite happens, when people raise objection to excessive and extreme levels of sex and violence in 'period' Dramas programme makers and Viewers alike will claim that the series only includes such content because it is supposed to be a 'authentic' and 'realistic' representation of a Past era, usually repeating the much overused cliche 'well that WAS what is was like "back then"'.
I ask what has happened to make Audiences and Producers into self-appointed history experts, with a sudden commitment to Historical authenticity?
One thing is certain, the authenticity argument is rubbish, as any History in every Period is always much more complicated then it appears. There is so much more to every past Era then and endless round of Shagging and Stabbing.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 11:19:03 BDT
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Halifax Student Account says:
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 11:19:22 BDT
Halifax Student Account says:
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2011 21:25:24 BDT
Jason J. Thorne says:
You clearly prefer looking at men then!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 23:04:52 GMT
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Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2012 10:35:38 GMT
On the making of featurettes on Spartacus: Blood and sand they clearly say that they show is not meant to be historically accurate and was designed to be more like a comic book. So ive no idea why the people above are prettling on about the accuracy or the amount of sex. There is lots of sex, and also lots of drama, blood, fine acting and a storyline. If a pair of boobs stops you seeing this then it is surely your loss.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 03:34:13 BDT
Scott K says:
I'm starting to think that some are under the impression that this is a documentary series. Lighten up and enjoy the 'show'.
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