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Transcript of Spartacus
consequence, the crucifixion of himself in his army, but many choices led up to
this final stage in his life. Let's take a look. The first risk that Spartacus took was escaping from gladiator school. It was highly dangerous, especially because he only had 70 people in his army. Spartacus's Risks Spartacus took many risks along his life time and ended up paying the ultimate consequence of getting himself and his army crucified, but what choices did he make that lead up to this? After his escape from gladiator school, Spartacus's army progressed
greatly. His army took refuge in Italy, which had a poor army due to many civil wars. He was able to recruit many more slaves and eventually he had enough to battle against the Roman Army Before we investigate some of Spartacus's choices as a military leader, let's look at some of his biographical history... Spartacus was a very heroic individual who was born in Thrace, in 109BC. However, like many heroes, he first had to reach an all-time low to bring out his courageous qualities... Once he was sold into slavery he was made a gladiator, but not all gladiators were immediately put into
battle. Some of them were kept in a special school and left to do menial tasks. During his rule Spartacus fought many battles, however as he neared the end of his rule he was forced to
move to Southern Italy. There he fought three important wars called the Servile Wars. He won the first two, but the Third Servile War brought great misfortune. The Third Servile War was Spartacus's most famous and last war. After two unsuccessful slave rebellions the Roman government began to fear that if Spartacus continued to persevere, he would eventually end up destroying Rome. The Slave Army's biggest threat was a wealthy Roman named Crassus. He was the reason that they had lost the first two servile wars. Spartacus and his men feared Crassus greatly because of all the men he had killed from past rebellions. Crassus later became consul of Rome. In an attempt to defend Southern Rome, Crassus built a giant trench across the bottom of Italy, however, his attempt failed and Spartacus' army was able to cross into Brundisium a bay city in Italy, coming from the Greek word for deer's head. Sprtacus originally planned to fight and takeover Sicily, however he made a fatal mistake. He trusted a deal he made with pirates. The pirates eventually betrayed him and his plan fell through, so he advanced in to Southern Italy. After his plan failed Crassus began to pursue the rebels with great vigor. He met up wih the army later and participated in the Battle at the River Silarus. It was a long brutal battle and it is assumed to have resulted in Spartacus's death, though his body was never identified or recovered. Without any direction, the slave army lost and all of its members were crucified under Crassus's rule. Despite his tragic end, Spartacus was a true hero. He gave his life and risked all he had for freedom. Throughout his life he commited treason against Rome to achieve equal rights for himself and all other slaves. People throughout history have made similar attempts for freedom no matter during the civil war, the civil rights movement, or other slave rebellions. Crassus :( Historians are unsure of exactly how he got sold into slavery, some believe he committed a crime, or perhaps deserted his army, and was sold into slavery as a punishment. Despite being extremely outnumbered and having very little supplies, weapons, and experience, (they were armed with kitchen utensils and stolen weapons) he escaped successfully. However, now he had even more problems to be concerned about, many of the slaves in his army had little experience and were women, children, or seniors and the more people in his army the harder it was to support them, this made it easier for the Roman army to siege them. In one of the early wars he fought, him and his army were trapped on Mount Vesuvius, but luckily were able to escape through his brave military leadership. Spartacus is one of the unique people in this world who can stand up to injustice and will stop at nothing to make life as just as possible. A spirit that can't be harnessed, a mind that can't be matched, strength above all other men, and a conscience that drives towards good, Spartacus