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This scene had a lot of gravity to it and the sex was almost beside the point. Two slaves. One the great Gannicus, best friend of Oenemous, now Doctore, and Doctore's wife, Melitta are forced to prove Gannicus's 'manliness' by having sex in front of a potential buyer of gladiators, as well as Batitatus, Lucretia, and Gaia. Lucretia just barely begins to protest but quickly realizes that since her husband's business is on the verge of being wiped off the map (his gladiators have been banned from the games) she must quiet. The buyer and Batiatus urge the slaves on and they go about their instructions with as much dignity as the situation will allow.
Since 'Gods of the Arena' is a prequel to Season 1 of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' we are able to go back and glimpse the humanity that still remained in Lucretia at that time as she looked not lustfully at the spectacle before her as the others did, but sympathetically at her body servant, Melitta's face. OTOH, it would seem that Lucretia's husband, Batiatus has always been greedy, manipulative and selfish.
Spartacus: 'Gods of the Arena' features:
John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus, Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") as Lucretia and Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus, will be additional cast members Dustin Clare (“Underbelly”) as Gannicus, Jaime Murray (“Hu$tle”) as Gaia and Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital”) as Melitta.
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In the streets of Capua.
Melitta and Oenomaus after being granted visitation by Batiatus