Little is known about Spartacus's childhood. Spartacus was born in Thrace (A region in the Balkan mountains) 111 BC. Despite his homeland being defeated by the Romans, Spartacus was trained to be a Roman soldier. Spartacus later deserted for reasons unknown and was sold as a slave gladiator in 73 BC to a man named Lentelus Batiatus who taught as a Ludus ( refer to a primary school, a board game, or a gladiator training school).
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The same year, Spartacus led a revolt along with two gallic (prisoners of war) gladiators and 200 slave gladiators. Spartacus and 80 slave gladiators escaped, only using kitchen utensils for weapons. Taking the weapons from dead Roman soldiers and a wagon they found in the gladiator school, Spartacus and his men headed south to Mt.Vesuvius.
The praetors (high ranking officials) sent a legion of Roman soldiers in an attempt to cease the slave revolt. Mount Vesuvius was steep and slippery, Spartacus took advantage of this, making thick vines into ropes and ambushed the Roman legion. The Roman soldiers were decimated and their camp was taken over by the slaves. Spartacus took his army of slaves to the Alps, picking up 70,000 slaves along the way.
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The Romans had to take Spartacus's army serious so they elected Marcus Crassus (a high ranking official) to put an end to the slave revolt. Crassus headed to Picenum (a Roman state) with 10 legions of Roman soldiers. Crassus made the correct assumption that Spartacus's army was heading north to the Alps and so positioned his men to block their route to freedom.
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Crassus sent Mummius who was a Legatus (a high ranking military officer) to the south near a place called Ariminum to push Spartacus's army to the north where Crassus's men were positioned. Mummius had different plans and because of this was defeated. Mummius's legion was sent back to Crassus and faced the ultimate punishment for retreating. Decimation (All the men who had been involved in the disgraceful operation were divided into groups of 10 and then drew lots). The unlucky one in 10 was then killed.
Spartacus paid pirates to sail him and his men to safety but unbeknownst to him, Crassus paid the pirates a large sum of money to sail away before Spartacus's army could arrive. Spartacus's army then headed to the Isthmus Bruttium (a region in southern Italy) where Crassus built a wall to block their escape. A battle ensued between the Roman legions and Spartacus's army of slaves. 12,000 slaves died and the Romans only lost 7 of their own. Crassus and an legion of Roman soldiers from Macedonia chased Spartacus and his men into the mountains where they were surrounded and slaughtered, 6000 slaves were captured and crucified along the Appian way (a famous highway). Even with a wound in Spartacus's leg, he kept fighting till he was forced to a kneel and succumb to his final day in 71 BC.