Spartacus

Spartacus (Greek: Σπάρτακος, Spártakos; Latin: Spartacus) (c. 109–71 BCE) was a Thracian gladiator, who along with the Gauls Crixus and Oenomaus, Roman Castus and Celt Gannicus, was one of the slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable. All sources agree that he was a former gladiator and an accomplished military leader.

The gladiator rebellion, interpreted by some as an example of oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning oligarchy, has been an inspiration to many political thinkers, and has been featured in literature, television, and film. Although not contradicted by classical historians, no historical account mentions that the goal of the rebels was to end slavery in the Roman Republic, nor do any of the actions of rebel leaders, who themselves committed numerous atrocities, seem specifically aimed at ending slavery.

Read more about Spartacus:  Origins, Enslavement and Escape, Third Servile War, Objectives, See Also

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