The book details how spartacus was a real life warrior and cerebral man with just 60 or 70 slaves (gladiators) to begin with, spartacus and his crew escaped the then town of capula, and boom, about 60,000 former gladiators fought of evil, the roman empire for two years. In spartacus the gladiator, using what limited information that is available (a total of approximately 4,000 written words from ancient writings) and produces in a very logical and methodical order about the life of this famous gladiator and rebel. The spartacus war is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, filmmakers, and revolutionaries for 2,000 years starting with only seventy-four men, a gladiator named spartacus incited a rebellion that threatened rome itself.
For two years, spartacus ravaged the countryside, defeating nine roman armies the republic had never been so vexed from within barry strauss, a military historian and professor of classics at cornell university, chronicles spartacus' legendary slave revolt in his new book, the spartacus war. The spartacus war is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, filmmakers, and revolutionaries for 2,000 years. The spartacus war tells of the history spartacus, one of the most popular figures from ancient history it should appeal to those who want to understand rebellion of the gladiator slaves the book seems to have a lot of historic situations, ranging from the enslavement of spartacus to his death by cassius.
The book concludes by following the moves of the few rebels who managed to escape the roman army and the destiny of those roman generals who in their career had encountered spartacus what is most admirable is strauss’s ability to address a wide audience without ever diluting the richness and complexities of historical research.
Barry strauss, professor of history and classics at cornell university, is a leading expert on ancient military history he has written or edited several books, including the battle of salamis, the trojan war, the spartacus war, masters of command, and the death of caesar visit barrystrausscom. Be the first to discover new talent each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our pro connect email alert.
Spartacus soon fled the army when he was asked to fight against his own people any deserter would be tracked down by the roman army and face their punishment the punishment for desertion was enslavement spartacus and his wife were both sold into slavery in a town sixty miles south of rome, called cupua.
I’ve waited until i finished the second book to review these two, since i read them back to back and a 2-part series is relatively rare given that, i will not be writing a separate review for each book this review is for both spartacus the gladiator and spartacus: rebellion i’ve been a fan of ben’s writing from the start. The spartacus war the spartacus war valentina arena is impressed with an enthralling yet historically accurate account of the roman empire’s most famous slave book review book reviews: classical latest medieval a brief history of baking 20th century. The spartacus war, however, has all the excitement of a thriller but none of the poetic license whether it is the remains of a trench system in the toe of italy or an abandoned silver ladle or the mention of one of spartacus's guides in one line in a lost history book, strauss makes every last scrap of information count. Spartacus forced a battle that resulted in complete defeat and his anonymous death but the uprising he sparked left a permanent mark on the roman psyche and made spartacus himself a figure of myth as well as history, as strauss shows at the end of this brisk, engrossing account 8 pages of b&w illus, maps.
In his 2009 book the spartacus war, barry strauss attempts to shed some light on the age-old story of this gladiator, insurgent, and icon those familiar with the film and literary adaptations of this hero’s saga will find his true story every bit as fascinating and stirring as the fictional epics he inspired. The trojan war, 2006, etc) demonstrates a good educator’s ability to marshal ample academic material and present it palatably to the general reader and student of history quoting often from early sources such as plutarch, appian and cicero, he begins with the big picture. At a time when rome was fighting wars on all fronts—against mithridates in greece and thrace, against the rogue roman general sertorius in spain and against the pirates off the coast of crete—a gladiator named spartacus engineered a prison breakout of 74 men in 73 bce.