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Film Review Spartacus What is clearly justified by the historical sources In Stanley Kubricks film of Spartacus many events that are documented in the historical sources are accurately portrayed In the film we see Spartacus and other slaves seize kitchen implements from the cookhouse in which they are eating and attack the guards This is clearly justified by Plutarch in Fall of the Roman Empire seventy-eight who realised this managed to act in time and get away armed with choppers and spits which they seized from some cookhouse The film shows that in the summer of 73 BC about seventy slaves escaped from Batiatuss training school at Capua and established a defensible position on Mount Vesuvius some thirty kilometres away This is clearly justified by the historical sources and is accurately portrayed in the film The film also correclty portrays the Cilicians pulling out of an agreement with Spartacus in which they were going to transport slaves to Sicily The Cilicians are bribed by the Romans to pull out of the agreement so that they can quell the slave revolt This left the slaves trapped near Rhegium in the Peninsula of Brittium and with armies marching towards them from north and east Spartacus was left with no choice but to turn and face Crassus What is contradicted by the historical sources In the film Spartacus says that he was a slave from birth and that his father before him was also a slave However this is contradicted by accounts of Spartacus life It is said that he had once served with the military service with the Romans and was then later sold as a slave The next contradiction is when in the film Spartacus leads the slaves to cross the Alps where they would disperse and go to their homes However Plutarch claims that the slaves had not agreed with Spartacus plan His men however would not listen to him
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