|First appearance|| S0E01: Past Transgressions|
S1E02: Sacramentum Gladiatorum
S3E01: Enemies of Rome
|Last appearance||S3E08: Separate Paths|
|Profession|| Gladiator (House of Batiatus)|
|Relationships|| Rhaskos (Friend, deceased)|
|Status||Deceased (Killed by Roman Soldiers)|
Of Numidian origin, Ortius was originally a gladiator in the House of Batiatus but escaped along with Spartacus and many of his other fellow gladiators. Ortius had a cheerful disposition and was one of the more boisterous members of the rebel army. The way he was armed and armored both as a gladiator and as a member of the rebel army suggests that he may have been trained as a Murmillo. Ortius served faithfully throughout the majority of the rebellion until he was killed by the Romans fighting alongside Crixus outside of Rome.
Gods of the ArenaEdit
Ortius is a gladiator and is seen mostly training and socializing with his fellow gladiators at the ludus. By the way he is armed and armored, he appears to be fight in the style of a Murmillo.
When Gannicus is granted freedom, Ortius and the other gladiators bid him farewell and see him out of the ludus before returning back to the scheduled training.
Blood and SandEditOrtius is first seen jeering Spartacus and the other trainees when they first arrive at the ludus.
A gladiator of moderate rankings, Ortius proves himself able in combat, and spends most of his time training and socializing with the other gladiators.
When Spartacus and Crixus began the revolt in the ludus, Ortius took up arms and killed many Romans, soldiers and citizens alike before escaping the ludus to follow Spartacus in taking their Vengeance on Rome.
Ortius survives the gladiator uprising and continues his life as a rebel in Spartacus' army. He takes part in training the new recruits and participates in many battles.When Agron breaks apart from Spartacus and Crixus and announces his intention to move separately toward Vesuvius, Ortius is among those rebels who choose to follow him there.
He takes to living in the rebel sanctuary at Vesuvius, doing training and labor work around the temple.
He eventually fights in the battle against the forces of Glaber and Varinius. Ortius comes to the temple's defense with the rebels and sees many Romans dead, but is eventually forced to retreat to the top of the mountain with the others.
Led by Oenomaus, Ortius and the other rebels descend from the mountains to which they manage to annihilate Glaber's forces.
War of the DamnedEdit
Ortius continues to serve in the rebel army, fighting in all of their major battles, proving himself an asset in Spartacus' forces.
He participates in the taking of Sinuessa en Valle, slaying many Roman guards and citizens alike until Spartacus ends the bloodshed by claiming they have taken the city.
As Spartacus and Agron enter a brothel in Sinuessa attempting to make conversation with Heracleo, Ortius is seen wildly having sex with a prostitute near the entrance. During his sex act, he is being encouraged by his comrades Timocles and Lydon, with Lydon going so far as to pour wine over Ortius' head.
When Crixus spurs the rebels into a frenzy, Ortius is among the majority who take part in the slaughter of the surviving Romans. He is seen prowling the streets among a group that includes Crixus, Naevia, and Lysandros. He bears close witness to Crixus' attempt to behead Laeta and the subsequent confrontation between Crixus and Spartacus. Ortius is among the many rebels who show contempt for Spartacus' mercy.
The rebels are eventually betrayed by the Cilician Pirates and successful infiltration of Julius Caesar. This allows the forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus to siege the city, forcing Ortius and the other rebels to escape into the cold mountains.
Camped up in the mountains, Ortius survives both the storm and the assault on Crassus' wall. He then takes to continuing with the Rebels forward.
When Spartacus and Crixus decide to go their separate ways, Ortius decides to leave with Crixus and continues to survive, living to see the victory over Arrius. When Marcus Licinius Crassus arrives with his army, Ortius fights well but he is killed by the Imperator's superior numbers and collapses to the ground, dead.
- Ortius is one of the few background characters that appears in all three seasons and the prequel.
- Ortius is sometimes confused with a slave from the House of Batiatus, Santos.
- Ortius may originate from the nomadic pre-Tuaregs or the agricultural pre-Haratin population in Numidia or elsewhere in North Africa.
- The term "Aethiopian" was used by the Greeks and Romans as the catch-all term for all black Africans, as opposed to "Libyan" which described, ligher-complexioned Berber or Amazigh populations in North Africa.