Spartacus Road: A Personal Journey Through Ancient Italy

Spartacus Road: A Personal Journey Through Ancient Italy


By (author) Peter Stothard

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Paperback | 353 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1590205782
  • ISBN 13: 9781590205785
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,822,273

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The name of Spartacus resounds through history. In the final century of the first Roman Republic an army of slaves led by Spartacus rose up in Italy. Its success was something no one before had ever known. The Spartacus Road is the route along which this rebel army outfought the world's finest military forces between 73and 71 BC, bringing both fears and hopes that have never wholly left the modern mind. Sweepingly erudite and strikingly personal, "The Spartacus Road" is a book like none other--at once a journalist's notebook, a reflection on life's fragility, including the author's own fight against cancer; and a classicist's celebration. As he travels along the Spartacus Road and into the classical Italian landscape, Stothard breathes new life into a singular war in antiquity, recounting one of the greatest stories of the ages.

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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."--"Wall Street Journal"