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Posted August 4, 2013
Spartacus, while a factual Thracian gladiator, has grown through
Spartacus, while a factual Thracian gladiator, has grown throughout history in to one of the greatest fictional superheroes ever born. Little is actually known about Spartacus beyond his historic leadership during the Third Servile War. While many books, movies, and even an in-depth television series can be found on Spartacus, much of what is portrayed is fictional or heavily exaggerated upon the little information about his life we do know.
“Spartacus unquestionably had a charismatic power- by virtue of culture, military and perhaps even oratorical talents, and capacity of vision- superior to that of others, which would have given him an indubitable preeminence.”
Author Aldo Schiavone dove deep into history providing fourteen pages of worthy sources shedding further light upon a man who rose from the ash and dust, leading an army of slaves against Roman troops and defying narrowing odds against them. He proved to be of great courage, leadership, and a steadfast tactician as he, alongside no more than seventy other slaves, armed themselves with meager kitchenware and rose up against the guards of Capua.
This book is broken up into three main sections, The Fugitive, The Commander, and The Loser, and heavily utilizes the resources provided to obtain as accurate a story on Spartacus as possible. The author has done a superb job in ensuring that he didn’t glorify or elaborate upon what little knowledge was provided. This book, while on a limited source topic, is profoundly written in such a way as to evoke powerful emotions as Spartacus battles demon after demon, never giving up, and leaving his mark rooted deep within history. This is definitely a book you will want to pick up. You won’t regret it.
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
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