Spartacus Series: All about Oenomaus


     Oenomaus was known for his participation in the 3rd Servile War, led by the rebel Spartacus. In the series he was the only gladiator who faced Theokoles and survived!


     Enomau (in Latin Œnomaus) was a Gallic gladiator, from the Lentulo Batiato gladiator school in Capua. Along with the Thracian Spartacus and his Gallic colleague Criso, Enomaus became one of the leaders of rebel slaves during the Third Servile War (73 B.C.-71 B.C.), but died early in the war.

     Enomau was involved in one of the first successes of the slave army, the defeat of the praetor Caio Cláudio Glabro's army, which had tried to lay siege to the slave army near Mount Vesuvius. Enomau fell in the battle even before its companion, Criso, possibly during the winter of 73 a. C - 72 BC, when the slave army ransacked cities in southern Italy.


     Oenomaus is a central character in Spartacus. He is the gladiator trainer at Ludus de Batiatus, traditionally known only by the title "Doctore". At an early age, he was recruited to Ludus by ex-lanista Titus Batiatus, whom he came to see as a father figure. After the fall of Casa de Batiatus, Oenomaus believed that he had lost his purpose in the world and withdrew to die at the Well. However, with the help of Spartacus and the other rebels, he finally finds a new purpose and joins the rebels' cause, being quickly recognized as a mentor. He was married to Melitta before his death.


     Oenomaus is a tall, very muscular man with dark skin and no hair. He is almost always seen wearing Doctore's armor, which hides three large scars he received from his fight with Theokoles. Another scar cuts across the left side of the face. During a fight with the Egyptian, Oenomaus lost his left eye.

     In his youth, Oenomaus had short black hair and a thin build, along with a fierce but undisciplined fighting style, like that of a wild animal.


     Oenomaus is a man of high principle and has the strongest moral compass in the series. He has honor and brotherhood in the highest regard, despising those who disregard this, such as Ashur and, at first, Spartacus. He's a tough trainer, but he does it for the benefits of gladiators and, later, rebels.

     He has a strong and eternal love for his wife, Melitta, and his closest friend, Gannicus, although he feels a strong sense of betrayal after discovering that the two slept together. As a result, he becomes bitter with them, though only after a while; before dying, Oenomaus forgives them both, happily in Gannicus' arms before going to find his wife in the afterlife.


     As a former gladiator and teacher, Oenomaus is not only knowledgeable in various fighting styles, but he is also skilled in various forms of fighting and has several years of training dating back to childhood. Oenomaus is among the highest ranks in the series, as he was defeated only once in fair combat by the shadow of death, Theokeles.

     Combined with his experience in fencing and boxing, as well as his speed and strength, Oenomaus is almost unmatched only in combat. Because of his previous experiences, Oenomaus is well trained against a variety of different opponents, such as gladiators, bandits, rebels and Roman soldiers, and is capable of fighting several opponents at the same time. Oenomaus also exhibits great vitality and durability to endure pain, such as his encounters with Theokoles, the Egyptian and Ashur.

     In terms of fighting ability, Oenomaus is more like a mirror to his actor, Peter Mensah. Both are masters of various fighting styles and both were competitors in combat sports.


     Little of Oenomaus' past has been revealed. He believes that his life was meaningless before he became a gladiator and therefore does not value or speak of it.

     As a young man, Oenomaus was ordered to fight in the pits after being sold to the head of the pits by Maalok, his face painted white. After showing an unusual level of ferocity and fighting ability, despite its small size, it was bought in the wells by Titus Lentulus Batiatus for eight denarii, during a period of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus's youth. The first took care to force him into a gladiator, encouraging him to find an honorable reason to fight, instead of simply doing it to survive. Oenomaus finally chose to fight for the purpose of honoring the House of Batiatus.

     Trained to be a highly qualified gladiator by Titus' Doctore Ulpius, Oenomaus would eventually rise to the title of Champion, and a reward was given: Lucretia's body slave, Melitta, who became his wife. However, unlike many ordered unions between slaves, Oenomaus and Melitta fell in love genuinely and were happy together, even though they could only be together once a week.

     Oenomaus has become highly respected among the fellowship. His greatest friend was Gannicus, a Celtic, while also developing strong friendships with other people, such as Barca and Auctus. In addition, unusual for a gladiator, he maintained a strong friendship with his Dominus, Titus Batiatus.

     At the height of his prowess, he was chosen to fight the most fearsome gladiator of the time, Theokoles, the Shadow of Death in the city of Pompeii. However, this opponent proved too much even Oenomaus' considerable skill, and he received almost fatal injuries at the giant's hands. However, he survived more than any other opponent to face Theokoles, which the spectators considered a victory and allowed him to live.


     Oenomaus spent a year recovering from the wounds he suffered from Theokoles in Pompeii. He was very anxious to step on the sands again, but he was often swept away by Batiatus' faith in Gannicus. Before he could return to the sands, he was elevated to Doctore's position by his master, a fact that caused the current Doctore - Ulpius - to challenge Oenomaus to a fight and be killed in self-defense. When he was dying, he told Oenomaus that he had taught him well. In his absence, or earlier, Gannicus was made champion by Quintus and Titus went to Sicily for his health (he was actually being poisoned by Lucretia).


     Doctore is shown as a strong gladiator throughout the series. He is the only gladiator that Batiatus trusts in the training of his men. He is seen throughout the season, always patrolling the training area and offering advice or discipline, using only the whip instead of the sword. He also formed a friendship with Crixus, although that relationship is not close to the one he shared with Gannicus.

     It introduces Spartacus and the other recruits to gladiator life, which includes brutal training exercises and verbal attacks. He originally dislikes Thracian for his insubordination and unpredictability, although he did earn some respect for him after he earned the brotherhood mark.

     He is later assigned by Batiatus to train Crixus and Spartacus to fight as one against the gladiator who originally defeated him, Theokoles. At first, he tries that his dominance allows him to fight the giant again, he is refused and sent to prepare his men for the fight. Although he believed his efforts were futile, believing that Theokoles was a truly supernatural creature, he adamantly tried to train the two gladiators.


     Having abandoned his title of Doctore, Oenomaus abandons the other slaves and wanders around Capua in disguise and starts watching the games continued in the arena. However, as the houses of Solonius and Batiatus no longer provide gladiators for the crowd to watch, the games are pathetic compared to previous years.

     Later, he is approached on the streets at night by a group of men who have recognized him and wish to claim the price on his head. They try to kill him, but he kills them easily. That morning, he witnesses the arrival of Praetor Claudius Glaber and his contingent of Roman soldiers, capable of ending the newly formed resistance. Oenomaus searches for Spartacus and the other rebels in the sewers and warns them of the impending attack, although he refuses to help them.


     Despite Oenomaus' death in Vengeance, his legacy remains prominent throughout the final season. With the death of Oenomaus, Gannicus stays with the rebels in honor of his fallen friend. While he still doubts the cause, he fights in honor of Oenomaus, but still doesn't want to be a leader. In addition, he also takes on the role of Oenomaus in Spartacus' counseling.

     Before his death at the gates of Rome, Crixus assembles his troops with an exciting motivational speech, mirroring that of Oenomaus himself before the gladiator recruits, and even mentions the ancient Doctore as an inspiring influence.

     At the Crixus honor tribute games, when Laeta questions Spartacus about why Gannicus, a free man, would fight the Republic, Spartacus notes that he did it to honor Oenomaus' memory, with Spartacus lovingly commenting on him as the man who taught him and many others how to fight.

     During the pure Crixus funeral, the rest of the rebels call out the names of the dead to honor them, with Gannicus shouting the name of Oenomaus.

     During Gannicus' death moments when he is crucified, he sees Oenomaus smiling at him and an arena cheering him on, allowing him to die happily.


     Unlike his portrait in the program as being of Numidic origin, the historic Oenomaus was of Gallic or Celtic origin, like Crixus. In addition to Spartacus, Crixus and Gannicus, Oenomaus is the only other person mentioned by name in the historical record who escaped from Ludus de Batiatus. The historic Oenomaus was involved in one of the first great successes of the slave army, the defeat of the praetor's army, Gaius Claudius Glaber, who had tried to surround the slave army near Mount Vesuvius. Oenomaus fell into an initial battle, possibly during the winter of 73-72 BC, when the slave armies plundered cities and towns in southern Italy, and therefore his untimely death on the show is not entirely unacceptable to the historical figure.


  • If Oenomaus had freed himself from Batiatus and inherited Ludus, he would adopt the personal name and Gens (name of the Roman clan) from his master, and would become known Quintus Lentulus Oenomaus.
  • Former gladiators who were released could become Lanistae, as Batiatus wished Oenomaus to succeed him in managing his family's ludus.
  • Titus Batiatus considers Oenomaus as his second son. He always planned for Oenomaus to be Doctore and it is revealed that the creators thought about having Titus' wish to die so that Oenomaus would own Ludus and make Quintus lie to him. Quintus, however, still wanted to hand Ludus over to Oenomaus when the time came when he could advance in political office.
  • Titus Batiatus announces Oenomaus as the best champion of Casa de Batiatus; the two are also very close.
  • Addonexus, the pseudonym of Oenomaus in the Pits, translates freely to "Deathbringer".
  • Oenomaus was the tenth main character to be killed.
  • In the Shadow of Death comics, Oenomaus is seen fighting Theokoles as a Dimachaerus, but in the flashback to the Shadow Games episode, he fights him like a murmillo.
  • Oenomaus is treated as being younger than his Doctore. In real life, Peter Mensah is 2 years older than Temuera Morrison.
  • Peter Mensah, the actor who plays Oenomaus is 194cm tall and weighs 215 pounds.


"A gladiator is not afraid of death. He embraces, caresses, fucks."

"Forget everything you have learned outside these walls, for this is the world of men. We are more. We are gladiators! Study, train, bleed, and one day your name will be legend, spoken in whispered whispers of fear and dread, like the city. speaks of Crixus, Capua Champion! However, his legend was not born in the Arena, he was giving life here, in this ludus! UNDER THE BIT OF MY WHIP! ATTACK !! "

"Your madness has cost a life. But yours can still be rescued - two fingers, a sign of surrender, a request for mercy from the Games Editor. Beg for your life, bunny."

"Never lose focus! Not if Jupiter himself tore the skies and hung his penis in the skies! A gladiator's first distraction is the last!"

"Love? Do you fall into ruin for love? ... She is a woman. A delicate creature at best. They are driven by desires unknown to men who place their trust in them."

"You cannot fix the illusion. Our Brotherhood, the trust that I trusted in you - a lie and a mistake ... Your death will not see you in my arms. It would serve only as mercy, freeing you from what you did ... . You represent nothing ... as always. "

"A man is never too weak or too wounded to fight, if the cause is greater than life itself."

"I owe you pain!"

"You are a man who represents only himself and would betray the gods to get what he wants."

"Harudes! You betray the intention by screaming like a mad goat."

"I am going into my wife's arms. We will greet you in the afterlife, my brother."

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