In Barry Strauss’ new book The Spartacus War he tells the real story of this figure so many have come to know as a Hollywood hero and revolutionary icon. He presents a Spartacus for our times—with parallels of insurgency and counter-insurgency between then and president-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though Spartacus’ rebel army of 60,000 slave soldiers finally went down in defeat after holding antiquity’s greatest military power at bay for almost two years his appeal has endured as a leader who struck a great blow for freedom and against oppression.
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