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STARZ SpartacusReimagining an Icon on Screen$
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Antony Augoustakis and Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.001.0001

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The Life and Death of Gannicus

The Life and Death of Gannicus

(p.52) 3 The Life and Death of Gannicus
STARZ Spartacus
Juliette Harrisson
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter turns to another hero in the series, Gannicus, in discussing the portrayal of the messianic death given to this character. It argues that Gannicus experiences an anti-heroic journey as he resists the role of rebel or leader until the very end of the series; as such, he is sharply juxtaposed to both Spartacus and Crixus but also complements these other characters in underscoring their very deficiencies. The chapter analyzes Gannicus' symbolic death by crucifixion to demonstrate how his death showcases the transformations of the rebel leader, Spartacus, by complicating and multiplying the paradigm of the single hero, just as audiences are invited to rediscover the true meaning of freedom.

Keywords:   Gannicus, messianic death, anti-heroic journey, symbolic death, crucifixion, rebel leader, single hero, freedom, Gannicus' death

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