The Contributions Of Spartacus And The Roman Slave Revolution
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Spartacus will go down as one of the most known roman revolutionary leaders that lead one of the most tragic and famous slave revolts in history. Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who escaped slavery during the Third Servile War and lead the slave revolt. “Spartacus has been elevated into a conscious revolutionary leader of oppressed slaves and free proletariat, a leader with definite ideals and a definite social program” (Baldwin, 289). The tyrannized slave revolt lead by Spartacus in the first and second century b.c successfully challenged the roman military, and had implications to the Roman slave history.
Ancient Rome was widespread with slavery and often a cruel punishment was inflicted when those who were captured tried to escape slavery. Slaves were used in mining, household tasks, personal attendants and field work. Most slaves were either acquired by trade or from offsprings of slaves that were considered home born slaves. Often slaves were treated very poorly and the smallest involuntary sound would result in a penalty. Romans advocated for better treatment and fundamentally lead to the Spartacus slave revolt in 73. The extreme mistreatment had sparked a rebellion and rumours of it reached the city of Rome. The revolt started at a gladiator training camp where most of its gladiators were slaves. They were put into an arena for a bloodthirsty crowd to watch them fight to their death. In 73 B.C 200 slaves plotted their escape along with Spartacus and the