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Rabanus
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First appearance S1E02: Sacramentum Gladiatorum
S2E01: Fugitivus
S3E01: Enemies of Rome
Last appearance S3E10: Victory
Profession Gladiator (House of Batiatus)
Escaped Slave
Rebel
Race Sardinian
Relationships Varro (Friend, deceased)
Rhaskos (Friend, deceased)
Hamilcar (Friend, deceased)
The Veteran (Friend)
Pollux (Friend)
Leviticus (Friend)
Status Deceased (Crucified by Roman Soldiers, on Crassus' orders)
Actor/Actress Andrew B. Stehlin

Rabanus was a gladiator for Batiatus and later a rebel under Spartacus' command.

AppearanceEdit

Rabanus was from Sardinia, and was a gladiator in the House of Batiatus. He has an impressive muscular build and has a shaved head. Clean shaven in Blood and Sand, he later gains a stubble of a beard in Vengeance and War Of The Damned, and gains makeshift armor to protect himself.

Combat ProwessEdit

Rabanus fought in the style of hoplomachus, and as a rebel he continues to use a spear and shield as his weapons. He also displays skill in using a net and axe in battle. Rabanus is one of the more skilled warriors in the series, as seen from his position as a gladiator worthy enough for a primus position, and from the battles in Vengeance and War of the Damned to which he always participates and survives in.

Blood and SandEdit

Rabanus is one of many gladiators in Batiatus' Ludus. Upon the arrival of Spartacus and his recruitment class, he would mock them by shouting obsenities and treating them with contempt. Rabanus was selected to battle Crixus in the Vulcanalia Primus after the injury of Gnaeus, until Spartacus manipulated the positioning of the primus in his favor.

He is often seen training with Crixus on occasion and spending time training and eating with the other gladiators. Rabanus appeared to have close friendships with Varro, Hamilcar and Rhaskos as the four of them are generally seen playing dice and training with one another often.
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Rabanus during the massacre at the ludus.

Following Varro's death, Rabanus, long with Spartacus, Hamilcar, and Rhaskos, acted as pallbearer to Varro in carrying his body outside the ludus.

When Spartacus and Crixus began the revolt in the ludus, Rabanus took up arms and killed many Romans, soldiers and citizens alike before escaping the ludus to follow Spartacus in taking their vengeance upon Rome.

VengeanceEdit

Rabanus, alongside many other gladiators, would escape with Spartacus following his revolt. When the rebels find refuge in the sewers beneath the city, Rabanus reserves himself to train the houseslaves alongside Donar and Peirastes.

Spartacus and Crixus move towards assaulting a brothel in Capua in order to discover the whereabouts of Naevia. Rabnus is one of many who take part in the assault and slays many Romans before regrouping with his comrades.

When Spartacus disappears to confront Glaber on his o
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Rabanus when he had captured the Dominus.

wn, Rabanus goes with Crixus, Agron and Donar in order to save him, killing many Romans in the process.

The group later takes a villa, south of Capua and use it as a small base of operations. Rabanus discovers and captures the villa's Dominus and brings him before Spartacus.

After Agron leaves the group to enter Vesuvius, Rabanus is among many of Spartacus' group to follow in Agron's wake.

He would later take part in the mission to rescue Crixus, Oenomaus, and Rhaskos from the arena in Capua. With the other rebels, he would set the arena on fire, causing it to collapse and kill many Romans.

Rabanus gets along with his new German friends and is normally seen having fun with them in the background and training them alongside Donar.

When Varinius sends Roman guards to attack the temple, Rabunus takes up arms in defense, killing many Romans before fleeing with the rest of the rebels.

On top of Vesuvius, Rabanus, with Santos, watch Ashur's death at the hands of Naevia. He later helps make ropes to allow Spartacus, Crixus, Agron and Gannicus to climb down the mountain and flank the Romans. Rabanus would then take part in the assault down the mountain, led by Oenomaus, and fights valiantly alongside The Veteran in defeating several Roman soldiers to the point where the rebels see victory against Glaber and his forces.

War of the DamnedEdit

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Rabanus using a net in battle.

Rabanus remains a capable soldier in the rebel army in the months following their defeat of Glaber and Varinius. During the opening battle, Rabanus is seen using a net in battle and showing increased skill that he is a rebel of great use to the army built by Spartacus.

When the rebels beseige the Roman city, Rabanus is one of the many who take part in the fighting. He slays many Romans and is even shown using his bare hands to beat many of them to death. After Crixus spurs the rebels into a frenzy to slaughter the surviving Romans, it is unknown if Rabanus takes part in the slaughter.

Rabanus would later become selected as part of a group with Spartacus, Sanus, Gannicus, Saxa and Lugo to leave the city and go overseas to the Roman coasts to steal food being led to Crassus and his army.

When the pirates betray the rebels and the Romans attack the city, Rabanus is one of the many to take part of the fighting. However, the rebels are forced to retreat into the mountains forcing Rabanus and the others to abandon the city.
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Rabanus alongside the other rebels that follow Spartacus.

Rabanus survives in the snowy mountains and escaped through Crassus' wall. He later fights off the soldiers sent by Crassus.

When Spartacus and Crixus eventually decide to take separate paths, Rabanus chooses instead to stay with Spartacus and take the path in order to escape the Republic and over the Alps.

When Crixus falls and Tiberius and his soldiers are captured, Spartacus holds tribute games in a make-shift arena to honor the fallen
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Rabanus in the final battle.

with blood. Rabanus stands prominently near Spartacus as he is one of the chosen rebels to fight against the Romans in a series of matches, donning his old role as a gladiator but fighting in the style of Secutor. During a match, in which he is paired up with Pollux, Rabanus easily bests a Roman soldier. After the games end and Tiberius dies, Rabanus watches as the rebels honor Crixus with a burning pyre. As Spartacus and the rebels chant the names of the fallen, Rabanus himself calling out "Rhaskos".
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Rabanus crucified across from Kore. (left)

When the rebels go to meet the army of Crassus for the final time, Rabanus joins his brothers and sisters in battle. Fighting valiantly, he slays many Romans, but is eventually defeated and captured by the soldiers.

Rabanus is last seen nailed to a cross on the Appian Way, across from Kore.

TriviaEdit

  • Rabanus is played by New Zealand stuntman Andrew B. Stehlin.
  • His name can be translated in German as 'Raven' or 'Dirty Raven'.
  • Andrew B. Stehlin was a stunt double for the series, as backstage footage from the Spartacus: Vengeance DVD shows him as a gladiator in the games where Magistrate Gallienus, Seppius, and Seppia are introduced. He also appears during episode 4 of the prequel, as a Retiarius who easily defeats his opponent.
  • Sardinia had been colonized in past centuries by the Phoenicians, and was part of the Carthaginian Empire prior to the First Punic War (264-241 BCE). Rabanus may have Punic ancestry, if he came from the Sardinian cities of Tharros, Bithia, Sulcis, Nora and Karalis. Or alternately, Rabanus may have been a member of the indigenous ethnic group on the island whom the Romans called the Sardi Pelliti (fur-covered Sardinians), the descendants of the ancient Nuragic culture, who lived in the mountains of the interior and resisted Roman rule centuries after they took the island in 238 BCE.

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