|Release Date||March 21, 2012|
|Previous Book||Spartacus: Swords and Ashes|
Spartacus: Morituri is a novel by Mark Morris. It was released by Titan Books on March 21, 2012. The story is based at sometime between Great and Unfortunate Things and Mark of the Brotherhood, before Crixus has healed from his battle with Theokoles.
The book follows Batiatus and several of his slaves in the weeks after Spartacus becomes champion of Capua. It starts with Batiatus at a private sale with Albanus, who claims to have special sales for "dear friends". During the sale, Batiatus eyes Athenais, who is the real reason that Albanus brought Batiatus. Athenais is both educated and beautiful, and now a lustful Batiatus desires her. Albanus then bring in two new guests, a Greek named Hieronymus and a dark skinned slave covered in strange markings. Albanus had brought the two men in hoping to cause a bidding war, and he succeeds. Despite going beyond his budget in an attempt to prevent being outbid in his own city, Hieronymus wins and pays six thousand sesterces for Athenais.
After leaving Albanus' place, Batiatus walks down the crowded streets of Capua with Ashur, who he had sent to learn what he could of Albanus' other clients. Ashur informs him that not only is Hieronymus extremely wealthy, but has bought a villa in Capua. He was also able to learn that Hieronymus makes his fortune as a money lender, with clients including members of the Roman senate. Batiatus, wanting to know more of this Greek, sends Ashur to learn not only who these Roman senators are, but the name of the "dark creature" that came in with him, and whatever information he can gather of Athenais.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Quintus Lentulus Batiatus
- Marcus Licinius Crassus
- Titus Augustus Brutilius
- Brutilius's Wife
- In Latin, "Morituri" means "Those about to die".
- Lucretia strangely refers to her husband as Batiatus instead of his given name, Quintus, as she does in the show.
- While in the show, Spartacus doesn't directly state to have any religious affiliation, yet in the novel it is revealed that he does hold belief in the Mountain Wolf.
- In Spartacus: War of the Damned, Spartacus and Marcus Crassus act as if they have met for the first time, yet they met and even exchange words during the events of Morituri.
- Crassus' appearance at Batiatus' Ludus alludes to the 1951 Spartacus novel by Howard Fast, 1960 Spartacus movie, and the 2004 miniseries where Crassus visits the ludus seeking two pairs of Gladiators to fight.
- Given the social aspect of Gladiatorial fights compared to Chariot racing in Ancient Rome, it is unlikely that Crassus would have indulged in anything to do with Gladiators, and may have seen it as beneath him, being the wealthiest man in Rome.