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: 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: 1,867,424

Product description

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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""Spartacus Road" makes for a wonderfully rich and endlessly thought-provoking brew.... Beautifully written, musing and far-sighted it's an astounding success." Christopher Hart, "Literary Review" Peter Stothard s account of his journey is the footsteps of Spartacus s army is not just a travel book, but also a memoir of surviving cancer The idea for this book retrace the steps of the rebel slave Spartacus and his men for 2,000 miles through the Italian countryside. It would be an opportunity to retell one of the great underdog stories of the ancient world: how a motley bunch of slaves repeatedly defeated the might of the Roman army between 73 and 71BC. It would be a chance to compare ancient and modern Italy, to meditate perhaps on slavery and liberty, to think about the dynamics of asymmetric warfare and so one. "The Sunday Times" "A fusion of memoir, history and travelogue that is unlike any other book ever written about Spartacus, and all the more precious for bei