Spartacus and the Slave Wars

Spartacus and the Slave Wars

Hardback Bedford Series in History & Culture (Hardcover)

Edited by University Brent D Shaw, Translated by University Brent D Shaw

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 217mm x 14mm | 338g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0312237030
  • ISBN 13: 9780312237035
  • Edition: Annotated

Product description

In 72 B.C., in the heart of Rome's Mediterranean empire, a slave named Spartacus ignited one of the most violent episodes of slave resistance in the history of the Roman Empire--indeed in the world annals of slavery. This volume organizes original translations of 80 Greek and Latin sources into topical chapters that look at the daily lives of slaves trained as gladiators and those who labored on farms in Italy and Sicily, including accounts of revolts that preceded and anticipated that of Spartacus. In a carefully crafted introductory essay, Shaw places Spartacus in the broader context of first and second century B.C. Rome, Italy and Sicily and explains why his story continues to be a popular symbol of rebellion today. The volume also includes a glossary, chronology, selected bibliography, three maps, an annotated list of ancient writers, and questions for consideration.

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Author information

Brent D. Shaw is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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...a slim but useful volume which attempts to put the Spartacus slave rebellion into the larger context of slave resistance... "The Journal of Military History"