The fictitious city of Capua forms the landscape for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The story starts on an interesting note making Spartacus: Gods of the Arena as a prequel to the show Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
The show is all about Gannicus, a character played by actor Dustin Clare, who is crowned as the first gladiator champion of the city.
The story of the show centers itself around Quintus Lentulus Batiatus played by John Hannah, the manager of a training centre of gladiators, which belongs to his father. Batiatus is an ambitious fellow who wants to make a mark of his own and achieve tremendous highs. In his pursuit, he is supported by his wife, Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless.
The story develops as Gannicus gets unfathomable trust from Batiatus, but the road to victory is not an easy one for the duo. Their journey is replete with conspirators, who are up against Batiatus and hatch plans to bring him down. Batiatus has many arch enemies and he is portrayed as being in a continuous struggle with them.
Another important character in the story is Tullius, played by Stephen Lovatt. He is a rival of Batiatus and wants to lure Gannicus to his side. Batiatus tries his best to mitigate the efforts of Tullius, resulting in a strained bond with Titus. His father’s character, Titus is played by Jeffery Thomas. Batiatus’ search for victory also puts his relationship with his friend, Solonius played by Craig Walsh Wrightson, on a sour note.
The show has many engrossing episodes like Past Transgressions, in which not only the genesis of Gaul and Crixus as gladiators are explored but also the beginning of the journey of Batiatus as an ambitious ludus manager is marked.
The show has a developing plot that covers the euphoria which precedes the setting up of a new stadium for the gladiator games, in which the games would exceed to gigantic proportions and would grow fiercer than ever.