Spartacus and the Slave Wars

Spartacus and the Slave Wars

by Brent D. Shaw
     
 

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

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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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...a slim but useful volume which attempts to put the Spartacus slave rebellion into the larger context of slave resistance... The Jourbanal of Military History
Journal of Military History
...a slim but useful volume which attempts to put the Spartacus slave rebellion into the larger context of slave resistance...
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In 73 BC, 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 and the annals of slavery. Shaw (classical studies, U. of Pennsylvania) has collected and translated 82 original Greek and Latin sources into topical chapters on the daily life of slaves trained as gladiators and used as laborers on farms in Italy and Sicily. He includes biographical sketches of the authors, and maps that actually show the places he talks about--a feat beyond a surprising number of author/cartographer teams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312237035
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/24/2001
Series:
Bedford Series in History and Culture
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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