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Spartacus was a Thracian slave and gladiator who led a slave rebellion (Third Servile War) in the last century of the Roman Republic. Although Spartacus won battles, eventually he lost to Crassus and Pompey, men who would later be part of the first triumvirate with Julius Caesar.

The Spartacus War
Review of "The Spartacus War," in which Barry Strauss analyzes what little we know about Spartacus, the gladiator who led an impressive slave revolt in the 70s B.C.

Spartacus - The Slave Revolt of Spartacus the Gladiator
Spartacus had been born in Thrace and received training in a Roman army, probably as an auxiliary, before becoming a slave. He was sold, in 73 B.C., into the service of Lentulus Batiates, a man who taught at a ludus for gladiators in Capua, twenty miles from Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii. That same year Spartacus and two Gallic gladiators led a riot...

End of the Republic Timeline
Major events in the final century of the Roman Republic, including the slave rebellion led by Spartacus.

Plutarch - Crassus - Spartacus
Section from Plutarch's Life of Crassus on Spartacus and the Slave revolt Spartacus led.

Appian Civil Wars Book I
English translation of Book I of Appian's Civil Wars. This section covers Spartacus.

Historical Background For Spartacus
For her Ancient Rome in Film, Fiction, and Fact course, Barbara F. McManus lists the events in Rome leading to the revolt of Spartacus, explains the significance of the slave revolt led by Spartacus, and separates the real from the fictional characters in the Kirk Douglas movie about Spartacus.

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