My wife and I stumbled into watching this series on Stars. I did not know much about Spartacus. The whole series is a great intrepretation of what has been documented in history. The character development and strory are very compelling. You will want more and more! I loved it so much, I had to buy it! Gods of the Arena is actually the 2nd season, but goes back in time before Spartacus arives. The actor that played Spartacus sadly was being treated for cancer during this season, thus the prequel. He ultimately died and a new actor came in to pick up the story where it left off. It is a little wierd of a transition at first and then you are sucked right back in to the story and the characters. One of the best series I have seen and I usually pick winners - Breaking Bad, The Wire, Game of Thrones, The White Queen, etc! Watch it, you'll love it! I am wondering what the watching experience would be to watch Gods of the Arena 1st, opposed to 2nd as it was originally played. I think it might actually be better, but I can not say for sure! Either way, you will not be dissapointed!