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Quintus Arrius
First appearance S3E08: Separate Paths
Last appearance S3E08: Separate Paths
Profession Legatus
Race Roman
Relationships Unknown
Status Deceased (Killed by Crixus)

Arrius is a Roman general who defended Rome against Crixus' army. He was the last Roman general to be killed by Crixus.

Character Outline[]

Arrius is a Roman soldier who adheres to the ideals of the Republic. To his credit, he was brave and dutiful enough to defend Rome gainst Crixus with only a single legion, in spite of the Rebels' reputation and superior numbers. He wears a set of Roman armor attributed to an officer of his ranking and appears to be a warrior of adept skill.

War of the Damned[]

Crixus kills "the fool" Arrius.

Knowing he is the last Roman commander standing between the rebels and the city of Rome itself, Arrius marches his legion to face Crixus and his army just a few miles from the city gates. Crixus releases boulders lit on fire and rolls them into the Roman ranks. Crixus and his army then rush into the battle, cutting down every soldier in their path. Arrius bravely confronts Crixus but is quickly outmatched, losing his arm to the Gaul.

Crixus then takes his sword and plunges it into Arrius throat, killing him. The necklace around his neck is then removed and taken as a spoil of war by Crixus. However, Crixus' triumph is shortlived, as Crassus' forces crest the hill only moments later.

Historical context[]

Arrius' character is presumably based off of Quintus Arrius, a Praetor during 72 BC. Arrius, under the command of Consul Lucius Gellius Publicola, aided in defeating Crixus in Apulia, a region in the south of Italy, near the Garganus Mountains.

Unlike in the show, Arrius survived Spartacus' rebellion, and according to sources, he carried on in politics until he retired around 52 BC.


  • Quintus Arrius was a member of the Plebeian Gens Arria, and was the first of his gens to rise to prominence upon becoming Praetor in 72 BCE. This gens only becomes more noteworthy well into the Imperial era of Roman history.
  • As a Praetor in command of armies, Arrius would have specifically been a Praetor Peregrinus (Praetor of the foreigners).