Spartacus Series: Meet Brothers Agron and Duro

16/02/2021

     Agron and Duro were brothers from the lands east of the Rhine (or Germania) in the Spartacus series. "Agron" did exist, Duro, no! Check out below about these gladiators.

Who is Agron?

     Agron is a skilled German fighter who was one of Ludus de Batiatus 'later recruits who would later become one of Spartacus' chief lieutenants during the rebellion. Never having liked the Romans in the first place, Agron has a visceral hatred for the Romans since he lost his brother Duro during the rebellion in the ludus of Batiatus. After his brother's death, he became Nasir's lover. Agron is a central character in Spartacus, appearing both as Spartacus' loyal right-hand man and as his closest friend.


What about Duro?

     Duro is witty and carefree, a trait he and his brother share, since they often joke and make sarcastic comments. Duro is the weaker of the two brothers and feels the need to prove his worth, being personally embarrassed whenever he is saved by Agron. He has a strong resolve, however, despite knowing that he cannot defeat Crixus, that does not stop him from fighting until the end.


Agron Personality:

     Agron is known for his sarcastic humor, alongside his brother Duro. Agron had a strong bond with his brother and so he always felt the need to protect him. After Duro's death, Agron seeks revenge with a thirst for Roman blood. Although thirst and fire still burn, he shows a softer and gentler side when he is close to his lover Nasir and maintains a strong friendship with Spartacus as the two evolve to become each other's best friends, embraced like brothers.

     While he is friendly and cheerful among those he considers his friends, he is very aggressive and merciless towards those he considers his enemies, regardless of whether they pose a real threat or not. Although Agron has leadership skills, his aggressive nature leads him to make impulsive decisions that put him in many confrontations. Like many of his people, he doesn't like people from different backgrounds.

     He distrusts Gauls and Romans in particular, but also most Syrians. However, his trust can be earned, examples being Crixus, Lucius and Nasir, respectively. He also showed his kind side to Laeta while helping her set up a tent, although he once proclaimed that he would kill her if it weren't for Spartacus, his reason for helping her was because he noticed Spartacus's affection for her.


Combat Hability:

     Knowing only blood and battle for life, Agron is a warrior first and is willing to fight to the end, if necessary. After his training as a gladiator, Agron becomes an extremely formidable warrior. He shows an impressive skill in the use of spear and gladius, sword and shield, dagger and single sword for his benefit. His skills in unarmed combat also allow him to face stronger opponents for a while. Despite being impulsive in his actions, Agron's ferocity on the battlefield is his truest weapon that allows him to gain victory against his enemies and shows his quality as a warrior.

     During his time as a gladiator, when paired with his brother, they became known as The German Brothers. He fights in the style of hoplomachus, using a gladius to kill his opponent and a spear to kill Duro's opponent. He attracts great fervor from the crowd and seems to like the arena.

Agron, Spartacus and Nasir:

     Agron, Spartacus and the other rebels return to the camp with the German slaves, who are ready to drink with the rebels as brothers. Nasir greets Agron with a kiss, and Agron proudly introduces Nasir to his people before they get mixed up. Crixus fears that the Germans will only follow Agron. Spartacus initially ignores this, saying that his fighting strength has doubled over the course of a single day, and the Germans have a lot of experience with the war.

     However, his own doubts re-emerge. Later, an angry Spartacus asks Agron if there were other areas where slave shipments could have been provided, to which Agron replies that Damascus and Gaul were available options, but he chose the Germans because they are better fighters than Damascus slaves, and he does not flood his ranks with Gauls. Spartacus indirectly accuses Agron of being deceitful and says that he is not an honorable man like Crixus. Agron is extremely hurt and tries to assure Spartacus that the Germans will be good for his movement, but Spartacus remains angry and skeptical.


Historical context:

     Although Agron in the series is entirely fictional, his place as leader of the rebellion takes over from Castus, the fifth known leader of the rebels after Spartacus, Crixus, Oenomaus and Gannicus. While Agron decides to separate from Spartacus with Crixus in separate ways, Castus historically broke with Gannicus. Unlike Agron, who survived the rebellion on the show, Castus died with Gannicus and his army in Lucania in 71 BC.

TRIVIA:

  • Daniel Feuerriegel, the actor who plays Agron, is 188 cm tall.
  • The name Agron is Illyrium. However, the character is Germanic.
  • It is possible that Agron's name may have been given to him after slavery, just as it did with Spartacus. His brother Duro's name is Latin, which means "constant", so perhaps his original owner decided to give him what he thought was a stereotypical barbaric name, like that of King Agron of Illyria (reigned from 250-230 BC) . Another possibility is that one of his parents was Illyrian, or he was named in honor of the revered Illyrian king.
  • Agron uses a lot of profanity, more than most of the other characters in the series.
  • On the Spartacus Wiki, Agron is voted the favorite rebel among fans, with 47% of the votes.
  • As a gladiator, Agron fought like a hoplomachus, wielding a spear and gladius and wearing hoplomachus armor, although he appears to make no use of any shield.
  • Agron does not like most Gauls (including Crixus) and has a habit of referring to them as "wretched Gauls". This may be due to historical animosities between Germans and Gauls in his homeland, east of the Rhine.
  • Agron's conflict with Crixus in Vengeance is very similar to the conflict between Spartacus and Crixus in Blood and Sand.
  • Agron is the only Rebel General who survived.
  • Agron, Pollux, Lydon, Leviticus, Tyronius and The Veteran are the only gladiators in the House of Batiatus confirmed to survive the war.
  • Agron is the only character who was crucified and survived.
  • Agron was the last character seen on the screen, excluding credits.
  • He was also the character who had the final line of the series.
  • Agron's kiss on Spartacus's forehead after the latter succumbed to his injuries at the end of Victoria is parallel to what he gave to his brother Duro when he died in Agron's arms as well.

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