In early life, Spartacus was a Thracian who joined the Roman army. He eventually tried to leave the army, but was caught leaving and sold into slavery as a gladiator.
Spartacus lived the life of a gladiator. He was sent to a gladiator school where he was forced to trained to fight for the entertainment of the Romans. He was then put into the arena to fight animals or other gladiators.
In 73 BC, seventy gladiators, with Spartacus as their leader were able to steal weapons and armor from the gladiator school and escaped.
Rome sent an army of 3,000 men with Claudius Glaber as their leader. Spartacus had an idea, he and the gladiators used vines from local trees to repel down the side of the mountain and sneak up behind the Roman forces.
Soon Spartacus' forces had grown to over 70,000 slaves. Over the winter, Spartacus and his 70,000 slaves camped in northern Italy.
The Romans gathered a large army of around 50,000 soldiers with Crassus as their leader. At the same time, Pompey the Great was returning from another war. The two generals eventually defeated the slave revolt and killed Spartacus.