ROMAN COLOSSEUM

SPARTACUS

The Man versus The Legend

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WHO WAS THE TRUE SPARTACUS?

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SPARTACUS: THE MAN VERSUS THE LEGEND

 

     The Roman Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built.  It stands as the most iconic symbol of Ancient Rome.  It is indelibly linked to the celebrated gladiator shows that took place within its walls.   There is no name more synonymous with gladiator than Spartacus.   However, the most iconic roman fighter, never fought in the Colosseum.  Spartacus lived over one-hundred years before the first iron clamp was set to travertine.  Remarkably, this legendary gladiator is best known not for his battles within the arena, but for his battles outside of it. 

     Over 2000 years ago, Spartacus escaped slavery and led an insurrection that became known as the Third Servile War.  What began as the breakaway of 70 Gladiators grew into a rebel army of slaves numbering in the tens of thousands.  Incredibly, they defeated four Roman armies in more than nine battles over the span of over two years. 

    

     Today, Spartacus is a household name.  He is a man of legend; a symbol of resistance to social inequity.  Few figures in history evoke such clear messaging.  The real Spartacus, however, was lost to history for centuries – known only by a small number of Roman scholars.  The Spartacus of today was reborn in the middle of the 18th century and crafted into the ultimate character of propaganda. 

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