The stories of legendary slave warrior – Spartacus have inspired millions of people worldwide for millennia. Sold to slavery and turned into a gladiator, Spartacus eventually fled and revolted against the mighty Rome. Some say that he wanted to end the era of slavery while others say that he just wanted his freedom. Very little is recorded about him in history but all historians unanimously agree that he was one of three leaders of the Third Servile War. Let us learn 30 interesting Spartacus facts and find out what made this legendary gladiator immortal in the annals of history.
Interesting Spartacus Facts: 1-10
1. Spartacus was born in 111 BCE. According to Plutarch – a Roman essayist, Spartacus was a Thracian Nomadic stock.
2. According to Appian, a Roman historian but Greek by birth, Spartacus was born in Thrace but once served as a soldier of Rome. Later he was sold into slavery from where he was sold into a gladiator school known as ludus in ancient Rome.
3. There is a difference in opinion among historians. Some say that Spartacus was possibly an auxiliary from Roman legions and was later sold into slavery.
4. Other say that he was not an auxiliary of Roman legions but was rather only captured by the legions and sold into slavery.
5. He was later sold to a ludus owned by Lentulus Batiatus where he trained to become a murmillo (heavyweight gladiator).
6. Murmillos were known for their trademark scutum and gladius. A gladius was a straight broad sword measuring about 18 inches in length. A scutum was an oblong shield that was big and heavy.
7. Ludus were known for extremely harsh treatment of the gladiators in training. Disciplinary actions were nothing less than atrocities that common man will fail to endure. It was possibly the harsh treatment of the ludus that provoked Spartacus to plot an escape.
8. In 73 BCE, Spartacus along with 70 other slaves receiving gladiator training plotted a proper escape. They captured some kitchen implements and defeated the ludus guards and managed to escape from the school.
9. During their escape, Spartacus and other slaves managed to capture a wagon that was full of weapons and armors meant for gladiators. Though the weapons were not really of military issue, the escaped slaves managed to use those weapons and defeat a small force that was tasked with the capture of the 70 escaped slaves.
10. With this first win, the slaves gathered enough courage to plunder the regions near their ludus in Capua. Equipped with gladiatorial skills, they managed to free many other slaves and recruited them.