The Spartacus Road: A Journey Through Ancient Italy

The Spartacus Road: A Journey Through Ancient Italy

by Peter Stothard
     
 

The name Spartacus is one familiar to most. He was the Thracian gladiator who rose up from slavery in 73 B.C. to defeat every Roman army sent to destroy him.
Today, his struggle is widely perceived as the fight for freedom, but this hasn1t always been the case; the ancient Romans were embarrassed by Spartacus1s victories over them; the Greeks admired him; and

Overview

The name Spartacus is one familiar to most. He was the Thracian gladiator who rose up from slavery in 73 B.C. to defeat every Roman army sent to destroy him.
Today, his struggle is widely perceived as the fight for freedom, but this hasn1t always been the case; the ancient Romans were embarrassed by Spartacus1s victories over them; the Greeks admired him; and others viewed his uprisings as the embodiment of cruelty.
In this fascinating and original work, Stothard retraces the journey taken by Spartacus and his army of rebels, taking us back to an ancient world which confronted similar issues to those we face today

Editorial Reviews

Barry Strauss
Plutarch offers more detail. But Plutarch lived two centuries later and, as Mr. Stothard writes, he was a Greek "with a passion to interpret the not so distant past." To take the Romans down a peg, Plutarch magnified the achievements of men like Spartacus. (Plutarch called him "rather Greek," though Spartacus was from Thrace, north of Greece.) Another ancient writer, Publius Annius Florus, may have been a hack, says Mr. Stothard, but he was "a good hack." His account of the slave rebellion highlights how humiliating a successful slave revolt was to the Romans. Appian of Alexandria, another important Spartacus chronicler, knew what it was like to be pursued by rebels, since he had to run for his life during the Jewish Revolt in Egypt in the early second century.

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

From the Publisher
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." — Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590203231
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 5.82(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Stothard is the editor of the Times Literary Supplement author of Alexandria and The Spartacus Road. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of The Times. In 2012 he was chairman of the judges for the Man Booker Prize.

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