The Spartacus Road by Peter Stothard

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The name of Spartacus resounds through history. In the final century of the first Roman Republic an army of slaves led by Spartacus rose up in Italy. Its success was something no one before had ever known. The Spartacus Road is the route along which this rebel army outfought the world's finest military forces between 73and 71 BC, bringing both fears and hopes that have never wholly left the modern mind.

Sweepingly erudite and strikingly personal, The Spartacus Road is a book like none other--at once a journalist's notebook, a reflection on life's fragility, including the author's own fight against cancer; and a classicist's celebration. As he travels along the Spartacus Road and into the classical Italian landscape, Stothard breathes new life into a singular war in antiquity, recounting one of the greatest stories of the ages.


About Peter Stothard

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PETER STOTHARD is the editor of The Times Literary Supplement after having edited The Times in the decade of its greatest success with readers.
Published April 3, 2012 by Overlook. 332 pages
Genres: Travel, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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"Spartacus Road" is a work of history, telling us of Spartacus' life and legend, but it is also a travel book, as Mr. Stothard follows Spartacus' rebellious path through 2,000 miles of Italian countryside.

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To Cicero, the name of Spartacus was a term of vile .

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There is Spartacus the romantic gladiator from Thrace, the fighter for freedom … and there is Spartacus the terrorist and threat to life, the one who survives in others' fears …" All in all, so many versions of this ancient and modern fighter for Stothard to pin, like the squirming worm, or a glo...

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