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.
Young Batiatus finds himself in control of his father's gladiator school. He uses his best 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 and his future clear before him, Batiatus is stunned by the return of his father - which puts his attempts to gain rank by exploiting those above his class at risk.
The House of Batiatus is caught in the power struggle between father and son. 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 his stable of gladiators. Crixus, dedicated to proving himself, is drawn into the power play within the house.