The story of the most famous revolt of the ancient world and its legendary leader, Spartacus the Gladiator.
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who started a prison breakout with 74 men armed only with kitchen knives. It grew into a full scale rebellion against Rome, the most famous slave revolt in history.
With an army of gladiators, ex-slaves and other desperadoes, he managed to defeat a succession of Roman armies and bring the Republic to its knees.
With his trademarks of extensive knowledge, insights and great story-telling ability, Barry Strauss brings us as close as we can get to the enigmatic Spartacus, the slave who defied the Roman Republic. - Adrian Goldsworthy.
Barry Strauss adds an ironic twist to this story of political competition...offers a racy narrative of the rebellion. - Sunday Times.
Strauss makes every last scrap of information count...a fine biography. - Washington Post.
This is a colourful and thrilling account that deserves the widest possible readership. - Daily Express.