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Rebel Leader
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Nationality Gaul
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Cause of Death Stabbed through the chest (died during the Battle of Cantenna)
Used Weapons

Gannicus was a Gallic gladiator and a slave of Lentulus Batiatus. He later joined Spartacus as one of the generals in the rebellion.


Gannicus was born in a celtic tribe somewhere near northern Gaul and Germania. He was later captured by the Romans and enslaved. Taken to Italy, he was then sold to Lentulus Batiatus and trained as a gladiator in his ludus.


Gannicus was fearless in the rebellion and possessed by a thirst for the fleeting pleasures of life. Gannicus was a close friend to Castus. With a love for battle, he reveals an excited grin whenever confronted. Beyond his cockiness, there's an underlying sense of honor about him that creeps to the surface. At first, like Oenomaus and Castus, Gannicus was doubtful of the rebellion, but as time passes and their victories increase, he considers it a worthy cause.

He was a respected leader of the rebellion, gaining the trust of Spartacus and also Crixus. He took any oppertunity to joke and trade barbs with the other leaders. He understood the other leaders well, and their intentions.


Gannicus was a Celtic gladiator of average height, athletic, with tanned skin and long, dirty blonde hair. He had several tattoes, one being a Nordic symbol representing invincibility. He was noted to have a remarkable charm.

Combat ProwessEdit

Main Article: Gannicus' Battles
Gannicus was a gladiator and one of the most skilled, athletic, and durable fighters in the rebellion. Gannicus was as skilled as Crixus and Spartacus were with any assortment of weapons. As a Celt, he thrived on athleticism and speed that enables him to bombard rapid strikes and aerial assult with many jumping motions compared to the other gladiators who prefer more grounded combat style.

Gannicus was also a greater fighter when he was angered in combat, which increased his overall ability. However, Gannicus' morbid pursuit of thrill by facing death as closely as possible often puts him in dangerous combat situations. It is the combination of his obsession for danger, non-chalant attitude against fear, gifted athleticism, and supremely honed fighting skills that allow him to stand victorious against virtually every enemy he has faced while laughing and smiling with joy and excitement. Gannicus is fully capable of taking down multiple enemies at once.

He could take down opponents with swift efficiency, and had showmanship by pacing his fights with a variety of attacks, demonstrating graphically gruesome executions.


Main Articles: Gannicus' relationships

He had a respect for women, but wanted relationships with women in the rebellion who were either captured warriors or gladiatrix'. He probably had no interest in women who were non-combatents.

Historical ContextEdit

Historically, Gannicus was of Celtic origin. His exact tribe is unknown but it is said that he is considered a brother both in bondage and tribal brotherhood with Crixus. If true, Gannicus may be of the Allobroge tribe. The homeland of the Allobroges extended across the modern French regions of Vivarais, Savoy, and Dauphine.

Gannicus (or Cannicus) was a gladiator from the gladiatorial school of Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Batiatus in Capua. Together, with the Thracian, Spartacus, Gauls, Crixus and Oenomaus, and Roman, Castus, he became one of the leaders of the rebellious slaves during the Third Servile War (73-71 BC).

In the winter of 71 BC, Gannicus, along with Castus, broke off from Spartacus, taking 12,300 rebels, primarily Celts and Germans. This marked the second break off of the rebellion. They were defeated in a battle in Cantenna by Crassus' commanders: Quintus Marcius Rufus and Lucius Pomptinus.

Gannicus and Castus met their end in Lucania, near Mount Soprano (Mount Camalatrum) where Marcus Licinius Crassus, Promptinus, and Rufus entrenched their forces in battle and defeated them. It is said that during the battle, Gannicus showed extreme bravery.

Film portrayalsEdit

  • Ganncicus20042013
    Gannicus was first introduced as a Spartacus character in the 2004 miniseries, portrayed by Paul Telfer. In the movie, Gannicus is reimagined as a Thracian.
  • Gannicus was later portrayed by Dustin Claire in the Starz original series. He appeared in the prequel series: Gods of the Arena, and later the second and third seasons: Vengeance and War of the Damned.

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