Spartacus and the Slave Wars

A Brief History with Documents

  • Brent D. Shaw

Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: The Roman Slave Wars and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Brent D. Shaw
      Pages 2-14
    3. Brent D. Shaw
      Pages 24-29
    4. Brent D. Shaw
      Pages 29-29
  3. The Documents

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 167-194

About this book


In 72 B.C., in the heart of Rome's Mediterranean empire, a slave named Spartacus ignited one of the most violent episodes of slave resistance in the history of the Roman Empire - indeed in the world annals of slavery. This volume organizes original translations of 80 Greek and Latin sources into topical chapters that look at the daily lives of slaves trained as gladiators and those who labored on farms in Italy and Sicily, including accounts of revolts that preceded and anticipated that of Spartacus. In a carefully crafted introductory essay, Shaw places Spartacus in the broader context of first and second century B.C. Rome, Italy and Sicily and explains why his story continues to be a popular symbol of rebellion today. The volume also includes a glossary, chronology, selected bibliography, three maps, an annotated list of ancient writers, and questions for consideration.

Editors and affiliations

  • Brent D. Shaw
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-63135-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-12161-5
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