Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed though the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding its way into the arena.
A younger Batiatus finds himself newly in control of his father’s gladiator school. He uses his most skilled fighter to win favor with a cunning nobleman behind the building of the new arena.
Batiatus conjures up a devious plan and enlists Lucretia, Gaia and a clutch of gladiator recruits to see it through. Oenomaus longs to reclaim the top gladiator rank, but new challenges cross his path.
Just as his fortunes are on the rise, his future clear before him, Batiatus is stunned by the return of his father. All that he has schemed for is put at risk by the domineering, conservative Titus Batiatus, who frowns on the decadence he now finds in his house and on his son’s attempts to gain rank by exploiting those above his class. Short of gaining the elusive approval of his father, Batiatus the younger must figure out how to manipulate him towards his ambitions or how to be rid of him.
The House of Batiatus is caught in the power struggle between the younger and elder Batiatus. Lucretia reluctantly agrees to her husband’s risky plan. Gannicus finds himself on unstable ground.
Batiatus’ father announces a tournament to determine the worth of the men that make up his stable of gladiators. Crixus, dedicated to proving himself, is drawn into the power play within the house.
Batiatus (John Hannah) seeks vengeance against Tullius (Stephen Lovatt) for all that has befallen him. He obtains the help of his gladiators and his friend Solonius (Craig Walsh-Wrightson) in the cause, each seeking to right the wrongs done to them. The opening of the new arena arrives, promising a spectacle of combat and blood the likes of which Capua has never seen.