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The estates of the Romans required countless supply of cheap labor This labor force was made up of slaves Many of these slaves worked while chained and during the night were kept in underground prisons Not all slaves suffered so much There were house slaves who cooked spun and wove Some slaves attained important positions some were freed and some even bought their own freedom However certain ones led miserable lives The ones who worked in the mines or on construction led the most terrible lives They were fed little and were literally worked to death or abandoned when they were too old Because of this cruelty the danger of a slave uprising was at risk and in 73 BC such an uprising occurred Spartacus was a Roman slave and gladiator born in Thrace He was sold as a slave to a trainer of gladiators at Capua In 73 BC he escaped with other gladiators and took refuge on Mount Vesuvius News of the revolt encouraged other slaves to revolt and they joined Spartacus on Mount Vesuvius An army of 50 turned into an army of 100 000 Romes response was swift and forceful an army of 3000 was sent to suppress the rebellion Meanwhile Spartacuss camp had become a magnet for slaves from the surrounding area several thousand of whom joined him In an impressive tactical coup he defeated the Roman Army by abseiling his forces down the side of the mountain and attacking from behind A second army was sent out numbering 6000 and bearing the fasces the symbol of Roman authority This too was defeated Spartacus captured the symbolic fasces Spartacuss army spent the winter of 73BC camped on the south coast of Italy building up its armaments and morale In spring it headed north the audacious plan was to march the length of Italy cross the Alps and escape to Gaul present-day France then largely outside Roman control Two armies
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