Spartacus and the Roman Slave Rebellion
In ancient Rome resources were divided unequally during the empire, as a result equity as we know it was practically unknown to the Romans. Although the exact percentage cannot be determined; it is believed that for every 2 free men there was one slave. The slave trade was booming in Rome. In 73-71 B.C, an enormous slave rebellion evolved in Italy against the Republic of Rome. At the centre of this rebellion was a man today known as Spartacus.
Spartacus was Thracian by birth and was believed to have been a warrior among the tribes that roamed Eastern Europe (evident in his military tactics, moving his men around as to exploit the weakness of the slow-paced Roman forces) who was arrested and sold into slavery as a punishment for desertion. Some evidence of this is seen in a fresco located in Pompeii, where Spartacus is on horseback fighting a duel with another man on horseback (mid-first century B.C). It’s said that he and his wife were sold to a man by the name of Lantuslus Batiate, at the slave markets of Rome in 73 B.C. He was then sent to the city of Capua and enrolled in his master’s gladiator school. 200 gladiators trained by whip-wielding martial-arts instructors were trained here; where they learnt to fight each other using a variety of bizarre equipment. They were forced to fight among themselves as well as other gladiators in tournaments throughout Rome for entertainment, as well as for the profit of their masters. The most skilful of these gladiators (the ones who survived the most duels) became famous among the Romans before their death.
Spartacus was the leader of the rebellion in 73 B.C made up of seventy-four slave-gladiators that escaped from their gladiator school near Capua in Campania, South of Rome. Plutarch wrote; “Two hundred gladiators tried to escape, but the guards re-captured majority