Spartacus and the Slave Wars: A Brief History with Documents (Paperback)
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Short Description for Spartacus and the Slave Wars Placing the revolt of the slave Spartacus in context in first and second century BCE Roman Italy and Sicily, this book is organized topically around original translations of Greek and Latin texts. The editor explains his views of why the story remains a popular symbol of rebellion 2000 years later.
- Published: 20 February 2001
- Format: Paperback 194 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780312183103 ISBN 10: 0312183100
- Sales rank: 170,924
Full description for Spartacus and the Slave Wars
In 73 BC, in the heart of Rome's Mediterranean empire, a slave named Spartacus ignited one of the most violent episodes of slave resistance in the history of the Roman Empire, indeed in the world annals of slavery. This volume organizes original translations of 80 Greek and Latin sources into topical chapters that look at the daily lives of slaves trained as gladiators and those who laboured on farms in Italy and Sicily, including accounts of revolts that preceded and anticipated that of Spartacus. In a carefully crafted introductory essay, Brent D. Shaw places Spartacus in a broader context of first and second century BCE Roman Italy and Sicily and explains why his story continues to be a popular symbol of rebellion today.