THE REBEL LEADER
Born in Thrace (modern Eastern Europe) around 109BC, little is known about the early life of Spartacus, who would rise to lead a slave revolt that rocked the Roman Republic to its core. Sources say that while serving as an auxiliary in the Roman army, he deserted, was captured, and then enslaved. Because of his enormous physical strength, he was chosen to become a gladiator, and moved to an elite training camp in Capua, Italy. Conditions for gladiators were never good, but Capua was particularly brutal. Those who survived the arena were harassed and abused by the guards. Spartacus, along with about 60 of his fellow gladiators – including Crixus of Gaul – seized the opportunity to escape.
THE SLAVE ARMY
Short haired, unshaven and as hard as nails, this multi-ethnic rabble starts out semi-naked and disorganized. They soon morph into a supreme fighting force, using weapons stolen from their greatest adversaries – Rome. The Thracians, are fiercely independent…They refuse to submit to the rule of kings and their motto is “freedom or death.”
Range: Spartacus hails from Thrace but his story takes place in Italy.