Spartacus Road: A Journey Through Ancient Italy

Spartacus Road: A Journey Through Ancient Italy


By (author) Peter Stothard

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Hardback | 353 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 36mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 10 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1590203232
  • ISBN 13: 9781590203231
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,478,817

Product description

The name Spartacus is one familiar to most. He was the Thracian gladiator who rose up from slavery in 73 B.C. to defeat every Roman army sent to destroy him Today, his struggle is widely perceived as the fight for freedom, but this hasn t always been the case; the ancient Romans were embarrassed by Spartacus s victories over them; the Greeks admired him; and others viewed his uprisings as the embodiment of cruelty. In this fascinating and original work, Stothard retraces the journey taken by Spartacus and his army of rebels, taking us back to an ancient world which confronted similar issues to those we face today"

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PETER STOTHARD is the Editor-in-Chief of the "Times Literary Supplement." He was editor of the "Times" for ten years and writes on modern politics and ancient literature.

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"Now comes a distinguished contribution to the field by the British journalist and classicist Peter Stothard. "Spartacus Road" is a work of history, telling us of Spartacus' life and legend, but it is also a travel book, as Mr. Stothard follows Spartacus' rebellious path through 2,000 miles of Italian countryside... Ancient history often comes to us in this form--as a kind of mosaic that we must piece together for ourselves, as Mr. Stothard has done so well here. And it still arouses modern passions. Mr. Stothard's engaging book reminds us that, for all the secrets the story of Spartacus refuses to give up, it still leads us back to the heart of things."--"The Wall Street Journal" "By the time one has finished "Spartacus Road," one has learned just about all there is to know about the slave leader, his victories, and his final defeat--his body was never found. One also has learned about a good deal else besides, from Frontinus the aqueduct maker to the poet Statius and his epi