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Spartacus: The Myth and the Man

By M. J. Trow

A revised version of M. J. Trow’s classic biography of an ancient and unforgettable hero.

‘I am Spartacus’ ranks among the most famous lines in Hollywood – with its image of the hero’s comrades prepared to die in his place. And die they did. Not the actors, but the real army of Spartacus, crucified in their thousands along the Appian Way.

Spartacus: The Myth and the Man is a revised edition of M. J. Trow’s original biography – the first to be written in English. The legendary hero has been the focus of a ballet and an opera. Karl Marx called him ‘the finest fellow in ancient history’, and a communist group in 1920s Germany tried to topple the Weimar government in his name.

A humble slave from Thrace (today’s Bulgaria), he became a gladiator, led a revolt, and took on the greatest military system in history: Rome. The Romans were understandably anxious to erase him from history, so hard facts about the man are hard to come by. What we do know is that he fought not one, but six Roman armies and beat them all before his defeat.

Thoroughly researched and impressive in its breadth, Spartacus: The Myth and the Man will please readers with an interest in ancient history.

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