Crixus was a Gallic warrior and later Gladiator who in 73 BC, became one of Spartacus' generals during the Third Servile War. He became the leader of his own army which split from Spartacus' and later died in a battle near the Garganus mountains in 72 BC.
Crixus was born a member of the Allobroges, a tribe in Gaul, the son of Eviscus and the brother of Doiros. They fought against the Arverni, and later the Romans. Crixus and Doiros were both taken into slavery after the battle and their father and mother were killed.
After being taken to Italy, Crixus and his brother were sold to the lanista Lentulus Batiatus and trained as gladiators in Capua. Crixus would become a renowned gladiator in the city of Capua. At some point Doiros was sent to the mines of Lucania, after not proving himself as a gladiator. Crixus became a successful Gladiator, winning many battles and becoming a champion of the city in the arena. When Spartacus was brought to the ludus in 74 BC, Crixus quickly became his ally. In the beginning of 73 BC, he agreed with Spartacus to break out of Batiatus' ludus. Using cooking knives and spits, the fought their way out, killing the guards. However many gladiators died, going from around 200 to 78 in one night.
Now that the rebellion had officially begun, Crixus took command of the gauls, leading them on countless raids as they travelled south towards Mount Vesuvius.
Crixus was one of the first rebels to climb down vesuvius towards Glaber's camp.
Crixus was killed during the battle, and he was most likely beheaded once his body was recovered from the battlefield. His head would serve as a weapon against Spartacus and the morale of his men.
Crixus was a tall, muscular man with skin bearing the toils of past battles. When he first arrived at the Ludus of Batiatus, he had long, blonde hair and a thick beard. As a gladiator, Crixus had shortened hair. During the start of the rebellion, Crixus no longer trained to the same extent as he once did, and lost some of his previous muscle mass. However, he still remained a formidable warrior.
He regrew his beard and long hair during the rebellion, and regained the original build he had when he was a gladiator. He wore a unique set of makeshift armour that allowed him to stand out as a commander and used a sword and a shield as his weapons.
Being raised in Gaul, Crixus had a bloodthirsty and violent attitude. However he enjoyed the moments of victory he gained in combat.
He was certainly opposite from Spartacus, wanting to remain and plunder Italy, believing himself a strong and capable leader. Crixus was much more arrogant and impulsive as a leader than Spartacus was and a power-struggle between the two came into play.
Combat ProwessCrixus was often bloodthirsty, both as a gladiator and a leader of the rebellion. He was a member of the Allobroges tribe, descended from a long line of warriors. He was inferior to other warriors in his tribe dispite helping them win victory over the Arverni, he would have been seen no more than a common brute
Despite being a typical Gaul in nature, he was a fast learner, growing in fighting prowess as a gladiator and soon began to outclass most of the other gladiators to the point where he was named the Undefeated Gaul. Crixus relied on brute force and more grounded attacks as opposed to others, such as Spartacus and Gannicus, who rely more on nimble movements that often elevated them above their enemies. Nevertheless he did not lack in athlethecism.
Coupled with a fighters instinct, his brute force and his incredibly lack of fear, Crixus was a representation of what a warrior truly is.
- Crixus was first portrayed by Jon Ireland in the 1960 film Spartacus.
- Crixus was also protrayed by Paul Kynman in the 2004 miniseries.
- Crixus was later portrayed by Manu Bennett in the Starz television series.