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Batiatus' ludus

Gladiators training in the ludus.

Batiatus' Ludus is the enclosure for all of his gladiators, where they are trained and housed. It was passed on to him from his father, who was in the same profession. The ground level is a gladiator ludus whilst the upper levels are Batiatus' villa.

The building, being situated on the edge of a mountainside, boasts a brilliant view over all of Capua.


The lower parts of the ludus are the areas for the gladiators. The entrance gate is here, which leads directly onto a training ground. One edge of this square is unwalled and falls off to a sheer cliff. Beyond the training ground is the
Ludus view

The view over Capua.

eating area for the gladiators, and on this floor are their cells/rooms (only the gladiators of higher worth are allowed rooms of their own). The trainee gladiators and others sleep with a few others in cells similar to those in a prison. There is also a bathing area on this level.
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Batiatus and Lucretia entertain in the villa.

A barred gate separates the gladiators from the living quarters above the ludus, which house Batiatus, Lucretia and their slaves. The gate is locked every night when the gladiators are shut away for sleep. This upper area is far more lavish than the ludus below, befitting for a Roman citizen of moderate standing - and more, when Lucretia refurnishes to impress Ilithyia's rich friends. The house burrows into the mountain behind and has a balcony overlooking the gladiator training area.

From what has been seen of the Villa, there is a general social area with an ornamental pool in the center and leading off from this are various other rooms, including Batiatus' sleeping quarters and a large pool that serves as a bath.


The Ludus was built by the father of Titus Lentulus Batiatus and the grandfather of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus. The exact date and by what means it was built is unknown other than that Quintus' grandfather built it with the belief that all men are able to earn their worth and fight for honour and glory. The gladiators that came from the House of Batiatus were often very famous and favoured by the people of Capua in that the house and it's gladiators became a very part of Capua's tradition in gladiators.



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Gods of the ArenaEdit

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Spartacus: LegendsEdit

After the Ludus is abandoned, and anybody who owned or operated out of it were killed, the Ludus presumably remains unused until some time after the Third Servile War. Once its over and the Arena rebuilt, a new Lanista buys the Ludus to use once again as a stable and school for new Gladiators to live in.


  • 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 and Varro is the only Roman.
  • 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.

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