After being kidnapped and taken to a gladiator school, Spartacus organised an escape along with fellow slaves.
After escaping, Spartacus and his slaves went up Mount Vesuvius. The Romans sent out Gaius Claudius Glaber to get an army and crush the slaves. Glaber didn't attack the slaves but he just blocked off their escapee's in hopes of starving them. The slaves built rope out of wild vines and surprise- attacked Glaber. Blaber and his troops were forced to flee.
Because of this victory (and the fact that Spartacus had defended and given money to poor villages) he got an army.
After another victory, Spartacus was fret go to areas uncontrolled by Rome but for some unknown reason Spartacus and his army marched right back into Italy, all the way to the Strait of Messina hoping to cross to Sicily
After a new Roman leader (Marcus Licinius Crassus) attempted to starve out Spartacus' army after crossing the strait, Spartacus and his army eventually broke through.
After putting up a spectacular fight, in 71 BC Spartacus was killed. His army fell apart and the Romans hunted down any rebels.