s um Spartacus!. W hat we know about Spartacus…. He was born free in Thrace He may have served in the army and deserted He was sold into slavery as a gladiator in Capua (a town in Campania).
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He was born free in Thrace
He may have served in the army and deserted
He was sold into slavery as a gladiator in Capua (a town in Campania)
They hid on Mount Vesuvius and plundered the region. The people were in a panic.
Vesuvius would have been covered in trees. It was a fertile area. You can see some forest still today.
The Romans lost.
Soon the slave army grew from 70 to 70,000. And then it grew to 120,000!
People were in a complete panic. Remember – about 1/3 of the Italian population was enslaved. Suddenly, the slaves were rebelling. Who knew where this would end.
After a series of battles, Spartacus was defeated. It is believed that he died in the final battle.
Even though Crassus defeated Spartacus, Pompey tried to claim credit for the victory.
Spartacus became a film in 1960. It won some academy awards, and it is often listed in the list of top 100 movies.