I've recently started watching the Spartacus (just finished Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, currently watching Vengeance) and the events described seemed rather exaggerated.
While it doesn't bother me one bit and I enjoy the series because it is what it is, it conflicts a little with what I had already known about the romans.
For starters, even if the gladiators were slaved, I lived under the impression that the most famous ones, the champions, were treated much better, something that doesn't seem to be the case with Spartacus and Crixus.
The amount of sex seems also too much. The roman orgies are very famous, but the characters in the series have no shame towards the slaves and indulge themselves in all sort of strange practices.
And last but not least, it seemed fairly easy to kill someone and get away with it back then, as Batiatus demonstrated not just once.
Of course, considering the nature of the show, things are bound to be inflated, to make the series more entertaining and it's definitely working but still... just how much of the show is true and how much is fiction? I would to point out that my question it's not about the historical figure Spartacus and his story, but the roman society and his habits as it was presented in the show.