SpartaCon is the only dedicated Spartacus convention in the U.S. for fans of ancient history, culture, fantasy, and the "sword-and-shield" genres, such as Spartacus, Rome, Gladiator, 300, and other similar t.v. series and movies.
SpartaCon 2015 was the first U.S.-based Spartacus fan convention. Just over 2,800 fans attended our inaugural event in August 2015, along with 13 Spartacus cast members.
In 2015 and 2016, we had 10 different groups involved in the Programming, including weapons/fighting demonstrations by several cast members and stuntmen/women from Spartacus.
SpartaCon 2017 featured gladiator battles in the arena once again, but bigger and better, with more “steel on steel”, full body contact action.
The Programming aspects that separates SpartaCon from other typical fan conventions are our real gladiator battles in the arena, as well as interactive demos/workshops led by Spartacus cast members. We work with a group of stuntmen/actors to train and coordinate recreated “tribute” battles from the show Spartacus as well as original battles.
Creative Combat performed our Primus gladiator battles event! The Creative Combat team, founded by Steven Huff, are trained fight performers in historical and modern weapons, self defense, fight choreography and fitness training. Every pass holder for SpartaCon will have a seat and bear witness to the finest gladiators in the Republic!
"Forget everything you learned outside these walls, for that is the world of men. We are more. We are gladiators! Study, train, bleed, and one day your name will be legend, spoken in hushed whispers of fear and awe…”
SpartaCon offers you the opportunity to train and be forged into a gladiator, in our exclusive SpartaCon Gladiator Academy™ training program.
These workshops will give participants a change to experience gladiatorial training first hand under the harsh supervision of the Doctore and seasoned gladiators. Completion of each level will earn the participant a Certificate of Training.
Learn the basics of Leather Crafting from leather artist Rebecca Renner of Valkyrie Leather. Participants will receive a blank wristband. You will be provided with gloves, dyes and access to various tools to create a custom wristband of your own design. Yours to keep!
Learn basic Retiarius techniques (Net) and engage in friendly competition to improve your skills.
New Roman legion recruits will learn shield formations, like the wedge and the testudo, along with marching in formation.
A cooking demo and tasting of both slave cuisine and the cuisine of the Romans.
Roman parties frequently featured exotic types of dance. Learning the basic techniques to Belly Dancing in this workshop.