- This article is about the country "Thrace" and its people. For a list of Thracian characters, see Thracian (category list). For the gladiator class based on this race, see Thraex.
Thrace is the homeland of Spartacus and Sura, as well as Drenis and Byzo. It is a country filled with multiple villages of what Romans would consider barbarians, living in their own communities without larger cities. One is who is from Thrace is often called a Thracian, which later becomes a nickname for Spartacus himself. The specific location of the homeland of the Thracian tribe of the Maedi, Spartacus' people, is found in the modern Bulgarian Blagoevgrad Province, along the banks of the the Strymon River between Rupel Pass and Kresna Gorge. Thrace, in the lifetime of Spartacus, was divided into several tribal kingdoms that arose from the division of the old Odrysian Kingdom under the Sapaean and Astean dynasties. All these kingdoms, given their proximity to the Roman Province of Macedonia, were clients of the Republic of Rome, and would frequently supply contingents of warriors to fight in the Roman Auxilia.
In the 270's BCE, an army of Gauls of Boii and Volcae extraction, known as the Aegosage tribe, were defeated in a war with the Macedonian King Antigonos II Gonatas. After their defeat at the Battle of Lysamachia in 277 BCE, many retreated inland in Thrace, where, under kingship of a chieftain named Comontorius, established a settlement east of the Haemus Mountains that would become the centre of the Kingdom of Tylis, in what is now the Stara Zagora Province in south-central Bulgaria. This Celto-Thracian state survived until 212 BCE, when it destroyed during the reign of King Cavarus in a raid by neighbouring Thracian tribes.
Long before the events of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Thrace was a country ruled by "Spartacus the Thracian King", otherwise called Sparatocos, son of Teres I, whom ruled the Odrysian Kingdom from 450-431 BCE, who was a warrior that fought like an animal, taking on multiple enemies with a random combat style that prevailed in legend. This name was passed on through tale across generations, reaching the tongues of Romans such as Senator Albinius that would later name the Thracian slave Spartacus, in honor of the combat style they shared as well as their race.
At some point in the past, the southern Thracian tribes became embroiled with the Getae, a powerful and hostile neighboring tribal confederacy that adorned themselves in animal skins and bones, wearing white makeup to cover their bodies. They had a reputation of burning villages, raping women and stealing everything the Thracians possessed. As such, Spartacus and those of his village desired their end.
Striking a deal with Claudius Glaber, the Thracians of the Maedi agreed to aid in his campaign against Mithridates, as long as the Romans agreed to kill the Getae - all of them. Thrace had a reputation amongst the Romans (especially Claudius Glaber) of being a dirty country run by animals. Therefore, it was not often that the Romans and Thracians are allied militarily. The Romans did not honor their deal and instead ordered the Thracians to march to attack the army of Mithridates, ignoring the Getae threat to Thracian villages. This sparked a rebellion, in turn killing several Romans and incapacitating Glaber. This distraction allowed the Getae to advance and destroy many of the Thracian villages, likely destroying many Thracian tribes, while many of the survivors (including Spartacus) were enslaved and brought to Capua. Here, all but one died in the Arena, and the survivor would be named after the legendary Thracian King, becoming Spartacus.
The Thracian people were generally long limbed with dark to red hair. Many famous Thracian heroes are known to have had Red hair and blue eyes. It was thought by the Greeks that red hair originated from Thrace.
In The ShowEdit
In the show, the Thracians are portrayed as being fierce warriors but highly undisciplined, wild and uncontrollable which makes them difficult, yet rare, slaves in the Roman Republic.
- Unnamed Thracian, later given the name Spartacus
- Ilithyia's son
- Thracian elder