Spartacus, we learn from Roman historians such as Plutarch, was a Thracian from northern Greece, on the borders of the Roman empire.
They were a tough, war-like people, renowned for brawling and brutality. On top of his natural talent as a fighter, he was trained as an auxiliary
Roman soldier and fought on Rome's side against other barbarian tribes in that area. (Contrast this with Kubrick, who placed him, for some reason, in
But then there was a falling-out. He may have switched sides and fought against the Romans or deserted and become a bandit.
the Romans put him in chains and sent him to Italy as a slave he was sold at the slave market to Lentulus Batiatus, the shrewd owner of a school for
gladiators at Capua.The arena had man-on-man combat, lion-on-man, bear-on-bull and sometimes crucifixion..
Batiatusan entrepreneur and talent-spotter who trained up his acts and supplied them to the dozen or so gladiatorial arenas,ludus in Latin - is a
generous word for what in reality was a series of dungeons around a sealed courtyard.
In the courtyard, they trained with wooden swords; these were dangerous men, and only a fool would hand them the real thing until they entered the
ring,The skilful managed to stay alive longer than others,The Romans fixated, philosophically, on death thought the gladiators a privileged lot.
Plutarch tells us he was inspired by his slave-woman, a Thracian like him and a follower perhaps even a priestess of the god Dionysus. This mysterious
and unnamed creature whispered in his ear that he was divinely destined for greater glory than death in the dust.
Spartacus,then set his mind to escape,He was a natural leader,and drew the other gladiators into his plan but i think this was a spur-of-the-moment
thing..In the mean time Batiatus got wind of the plot and he sent in armed reinforcements to put down the insurrection...To ,Spartacus this was (Do
They made for the kitchen and grabbed the only real weapons they could lay their hands on, cleavers and meat skewers. All 200 made a rush for it.The
warders fought back and held the majority at bay. But 74 men, plus Spartacus's Thracian woman, made it through the gates and out onto the busy
streets of Capua.No one was a match for the trained and desperate killers..
They took the arms and armour from the bodies of the soldiers they killed and headed for the hills,What followed over the next two years rattled
Rome's sense of invincibility as Spartacus proceeded to outfox and then humiliate the greatest power in the world.
Spartacus,and his gang made it to Mount Vesuvius a day's march and settled down..From there they could raid the rich farms and villas below for food
and riches,Spartacus escape drew other runaway slaves to join with him..Rome,In the mean while didnt take any of this seriously just a little local
difficulty,So they sent 3,000 strong legion..They thought they were going in for a ( mopping-up operation)
They sealed off the only road up the mountain and set up camp to starve the insurgents into surrender(They were in no hurry they had lots of food and
water)But Spartacus didn't He seized the initiative. On ropes made from vines growing on the hillside, he and his men silently lowered themselves at
night down a steep rockface the legionnaires had left unguarded because they thought it impassable they charged the Roman camp.
The legionnaires were butchered while they slept..This was the first of a staggering nine humiliating defeats for the Roman army at the hands of
Spartacus and his fast growing rebel army.The original 75 were now 10,000 more came every day. The numbers rose as high as 60,000.
Rome was pissed! A slave revolt could sink the superpower..Roman society was run on slavery But now, to every Roman's horror, the worms were
turning..They knew Spartacus had to be crushed..But Spartacus kept his army on the move.. Raid and run was their only hope, a guerrilla war fought for
month after month over thousands of miles.
Spartacus killed any of his prisoners, He pitted captured Roman soldiers against each other in gladiatorial fights to the death.The Romans were
terrified of Spartacus and his gang..The problem was Spartacus could not control the Germans and the Celts he set out with or the thousands of
Then it was just a matter of time, Rome got its act together and dealt with this dangerous enemy once and for all.Spartacus proved ruthless in his
mission to stay ahead of the hunters,On another occasion his men escaped over a deep defensive ditch by filling it with bodies and charging over
Finally, Rome found the stomach and the skill to face Spartacus. He may have decided to stop running, perhaps over confident that after so many
victories, another would fall into his lap.
In the spring of 71BC, on a plain in the Silarus valley in southern Italy, just 50 miles from Capua where the revolt had begun, the two armies lined
up.At 40,000 apiece, they were matched in numbers but not in skill and training.Dramatically, Spartacus rode along the cheering ranks of his men.Then
he stepped down and slaughtered his hourse in full view. If they won that day, there would be plenty of animals to choose from, he declaimed. And if
they lost, well, he wouldn't need a horse anyway.
He led them forward on foot surrounded by his bodyguards, he went looking for the enemy general, Crassus, for a man-to-man fight..He never made
Roman historians say his men deserted him and left him to die alone. But the propagandists would say that, wouldn't they?
Others describe how he was felled by a javelin and fought on one knee until he was overwhelmed. One thing is certain he died that day But they never
found his corpse It was just one among more than 10,000 at the end of what was essentially a massacre.
Spartacus,Was not crucified along with his men that is pure fantasy..What is true is the rebels who weren't slaughtered at Silarus were pursued by
Crassus into the hills and rounded up..Then, in an act of extravagant barbarism designed to ram home the point about slave rebellions, they were
crucified, all 6,000 of them, at 40- yard intervals along the 140-mile road from Capua to the gates of Rome.
The rebellion was over..But the legend lived on, Spartacus the Roman gladiator and real warrior of his time..
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Source:MailOnline : The book Spartacus (The Slave Revolt of Spartacus the Gladiator) By N.S. Gill