Ancient History & Civilisation

The Spartacus War

The Spartacus War

An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. A leading authority on classical military history, Barry Strauss has used recent archaeological discoveries, ancient documents, and on-site investigations to create the most accurate and detailed account of the Spartacus rebellion ever written—and it reads like a first-rate novel.

A thrilling story that has inspired novelists and filmmakers: The real-life Spartacus is even more amazing than his fictional counterparts. A slave from Thrace (modern day Bulgaria), possibly of noble origins, he led a shocking rebellion at a gladiatorial school in Capua in 73 BC. Within two years the ranks of his army, which started with fewer than 100 men, swelled to 60,000; they routed nine Roman armies and for a time controlled all of southern Italy. The Roman general Crassus eventually defeated the slave army and while Spartacus apparently died on the field of battle, his body was never recovered. The legend arose that he escaped and remained undefeated..

Introduction - Chronology

Part I - BREAKOUT

Chapter 1 - The Gladiator

Chapter 2 - The Thracian Lady

Part II - VENGEANCE

Chapter 3 - The Praetors

Chapter 4 - The Pathfinders

Chapter 5 - The Stoic

Part III - RETREAT

Chapter 6 - The Decimator

Chapter 7 - The Pirate

Chapter 8 - The Fisherman

Part IV - TO THE DEATH

Chapter 9 - The Celtic Women

Chapter 10 - Spartacus

Chapter 11 - The Victors

Conclusion

Glossary of Key Names

A Note on Sources

Notes

Acknowledgements