Psammus is a recurring character in the fourth and fifth seasons of Spartacus. He was a slave from Greece who was later freed by Spartacus during the Siege of Sinuessa en Valle in 72 BC. He then fought in the rebellion against the Romans, and ultmately died in the battle at the Silarus River against Marcus Crassus in 71 BC.
Psammus was born in Greece in 115 BC. His father and mother were both killed by Roman soldiers and he was enslaved at a young age. He spent the years after that serving a dominus in Sinuessa en Valle.
Psammus had to say goodbye a great many of his friends when Crixus separated from Spartacus with a large number of the rebels; 30,000 of them. He would later learn that most of them had been killed by Gellius Publicola and his legions.
His first true battle was against Cornelius Lentulus and his two legions. He proved himself a quick learner, drawing out an enemy one at a time and defeated with the aid of many other rebels. Taking a few spoils of war with him including a shield and armor, he then fought with Spartacus against Publicola and Lentulus' combined forces, defeating them left and right until their legions were scattered, and 300 legionaries had been captured.
He was present when Spartacus honored Crixus' death with gladiatorial games, forcing the captured Roman prisoners to fight against each other.
During one of these confrontations the rebels were forced into on their way north towards the Alps, he saved another rebel named Belesa, and they both fell in love, on the battlefield and off.
Psammus was present along Spartacus, Gannicus and their supporters when they headed to the coast to broker a deal with the Cilician pirates, and was more than ready to hold his own if it turned into a fight. Psammus would continue to play a part in the secret opposition to the pirates, and partially blamed himself for driving the pirates away and betraying Spartacus, though the latter himself assured Psammus and the other opposers it was in the pirates' nature to be treacherous. For the remainder of the war, Psammus attended many small and crucial war counsels, but also wanted to spent most of his time with Belesa and her sister, which they found very comforting.
Psammus had almost considered leaving with Gannicus and Castus when they and Spartacus parted ways, but not only did Psammus want to keep his make sure Belesa and Purpura made it over the Alps, he also doubted Gannicus and Castus would last long against Crassus on their own.
During the final battle at the Silarus River , he fought bravely and took a number of Roman lives before finally being cut down by Roman soldiers.
Traits and Skills
- Skilled combatant: Psammus had no experience in combat before he was freed by Spartacus, but he was a quick learner. He became a incredibly skilled fighter, even as skilled as a gladiator, but he was only at Castus' level in combat. Psammus was a quick learner and managed to survive many battles by the end of the war.
- Bilingual: Other than his native tongue, Greek, Psammus was also fluent in Latin. He was also taught to speak Thracian by his lover Belesa.
Psammus was a devouted man who believed in the gods, but was also a man who accepted his fate as a slave, until he was freed by the slave army. Psammus was a quick learner and became a skilled fighter during the later battles of the war.
Psammus was tall with an toned build, dark hair and a beard. He possessed many scars on his body, and received many other cuts from his battles against the Romans. As the rebellion continued, Psammus used more and more amour, mainly around his legs, chest and arms, and occasionally, wore a makeshift helmet.