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Who was Spartacus and what was his influence on Roman civilization Both thesequestions and more will be answered in our reportSpartacus was born and eventually sold into slavery He was born in the Roman city ofThrace There he joined and later deserted the ever powerful army of Rome Little did he knowthat what was once his home army would turn to be the army threatening to kill him and hisfollowers In 71 BC after being caught as a deserter of the Roman army he was sold as a slaveto a gladiator trainer in Capua He was then trained as a gladiator for the spectators atcoliseums He was trained well and soon escaped from the tight grip of slavery In 73 BC heand his fellow gladiator trainees escaped to the safety of the fabled Mount Vesuvius There heand his small group of followers met up with thousands of runaway slaves like themselves Theslaves had all gathered to mount one of the bloodiest largest rebellions in all of time AsSpartacus as the leader the rebel force in and around the mountain prepared themselves for war This rebel uprising in southern Italy was later known as the Third Servile war also known as theGladiators war Spartacuss forces soon advanced and plundered miles of land In this timethey were met by two Roman armies and destroyed them both The rebels forces soon overranall of southern Italy and looked like a formidable opponent for the Roman Empire Spartacusquickly moved into the Cisalpine Gaul region which was south of their previous position andsoon enough had defeated three Roman armies Spartacuss armies decided to remain in Italy forthe sake of plunder and marched even farther south Spartacus had taken them here so that theirarmies would disperse and the soldiers could return home Unfortunately many men did notreturn and they decided to stay and plunder the area Once again they were met by the Romanarmies led by the commander Marcus Licinus Crassus The
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