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First appearance S1E05: Shadow Games
S2E01: Fugitivus (Mentioned)
Last appearance S2E01: Fugitivus (Mentioned)
Profession Slave Trader
Race Greek
Relationships Quintus Lentulus Batiatus (Patron, deceased)
Ashur (Ally/Accomplice, deceased)
Barca (Enemy, deceased)
Crixus (Enemy, deceased)
Naevia (Victim, deceased)
Marcellus' Messenger (Employee/Ally/Victim, deceased)
Status Deceased (Killed by Crixus)
Actor/Actress Matt Gillanders

Marcellus is a local Slave Trader and criminal coordinator in Capua.

Character Outline[]

Marcellus partakes in both legal and illegal work. His legitimate business appears to be slave-trafficking, both in groups of slaves and individuals. Many of these slaves are forced into prostitution, such as the women rented out by Marcellus to service the gladiators at ludus Batiatus, but they may also be sold as sex slaves and/or unskilled laborers, as Naevia was after she was banished from the house of Batiatus. He also offers many other services of an unsavory or criminal nature, such as cons, murder, and forms of fraud. He has a skin disease or scarring on his face, possibly due to his less-than-hygienic occupation. Although having a Roman name and appearing to be a freeman, he likely at least part Greek, as he calls the god of the underworld Hades, the Greek name, rather than the Romans' Pluto.

Blood and Sand[]

Marcellus made his first appearance when Barca & Ashur were searching for the man who had hired assassins to kill Batiatus in The Pit. After some persuasion, Marcellus led Barca & Ashur to Remus, who in turn led them to Ovidius.

Marcellus later provides the whores, paid for by Spartacus, for the gladiators to celebrate Spartacus' victory over Theokoles. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ashur also uses this oppurtunity to have Marcellus hire a messenger to tell Batiatus that Ovidius' son still lived leading to the death of Barca. Marcellus later silenced the messenger so only he and Ashur know of the deception. As Ashur pays Marcellus for the deed, he whispers to Marcellus that should he ever speak of it again, he will have him killed.

Ashur bought poison from Marcellus that slowed Crixus during his final match with Spartacus on the day the gladiators overran the ludus.


Close to the beginning of Spartacus' uprising against Rome, Crixus searches out Marcellus for information on the whereabouts of Naevia. His interrogation leads Crixus to finding Trebius who has further knowledge on her. Crixus kills Marcellus after he is through with him. This altercation is not shown in the series but is described through a conversation between Spartacus and Crixus.


  • Matt Gillanders, the actor who plays Marcellus is 180cm tall.
  • The Latin term for slave trader is Mercatoriam Mancipium.


Marcellus: (speaking of Messenger) Not unless Hades speaks of it from the underworld. The messenger has been put to grass.

Crixus: "I was not seen, except by Marcellus. And he will never speak of it."

Marcellus: (to Ashur) "More threats is it?"