Spartacus Road: A Personal Journey Through Ancient Italy

Spartacus Road: A Personal Journey Through Ancient Italy

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By (author) Peter Stothard

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Paperback | 353 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1590205782
  • ISBN 13: 9781590205785
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,842,118

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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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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