Batiatus' ludus

Gladiators training in the ludus.

Batiatus' Ludus is where Batiatus's gladiators are trained by Oenomaus, the former 


Long-Term GuestsEdit

Servants and GuardEdit




Spartacus (TV Series)Edit


  • According to history, over 80 gladiators had escaped from the ludus of Batiatus, out of 200 gladiators.
  • Half of the gladiators in the ludus were Gauls.
  • It is hinted that Spartacus stands the only Thracian gladiator in the ludus.
    • Similarily, it is said that Ashur, following the death of Dagan, is the only Syrian in the ludus
      • Varro is said to be the only Roman among the gladiators, aside from Narto.
  • It is hinted numerous times throughout the series that, although Batiatus' stock of gladiators is considered to be smaller than most other ludus', his gladiators are significantly more skilled.
  • Historically it is believed that Spartacus only spent one year of his life in this ludus. In the TV Series, Spartacus spends two years of his life in the ludus.
  • Little is known about the guards of the ludus, though they were perhaps referred to in Latin as Custodis, and were likely hired on a private basis by the Lanistae, who may have chosen former gladiators, ex-legionaries or unemployed mercenaries for the task. A privately-employed Custos (guard) would have provided his own arms and armour, which would have been inferior to that of a serving Roman legionary.
  • In the Blu-Ray featurette 'Oh, Those Randy Romans' Rob Tapert reveals that there were 17 men in one of the bathhouse scenes, referring to the first time Spartacus enters in the episode Sacramentum Gladiatorum. This would logically mean that at that point in time, Batiatus had only 17 gladiators and/or trainees, yet 25 can be named as living there at that time.
    • It is possible that some of the men were elsewhere, but more likely is that since 9 of the 25 gladiators were not seen until at least season 2, the actual number or gladiators was never intended to be quantifiable, as there was too many background characters.
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