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Military Personnel
    (120 BC-71 BC)
    Escaped from a gladiator school with 70-80 followers (73 B.C.)
    Raised a rebel army at Mount Vesuvius composed of 70,000 escaped slaves
    Commanded the slave uprising during the Third Servile War (73-71 B.C.)
    Defeated by Crassus and Pompey
    He deserted the Roman army and became an outlaw.
    He was captured and sold into slavery.
    Supposedly, a snake coiled itself on his face while he was sleeping.
    He benefited greatly from the Roman government, underestimating his forces.
    He wanted to escape Italy through the Alps, but he changed his mind under pressure from his men, who wanted more plunder.
    He then made the fatal decision to march on Rome.
    He lost control of his army when they became too confident in their own numbers and decided to pillage the countryside.
    He paid Cilician pirates to take him and his army to Sicily, but they took his money and sailed away.
    He crucified 300 Roman prisoners to show his men what would happen to them if they lost.
    His men abandoned him as he got closer to Rome.
    The famous bio-pic 'Spartacus (1960)' based on his revolt is highly inaccurate and makes him out to be an ancient age communist.
    He is described as a man 'not only of high spirit and valiant, but in understanding, also, and the gentleness superior to his condition.'
    He handed the Roman empire many defeats and managed to raise a huge army.
    He was able to get poor non-slaves to join his revolt.
    He allowed women, children and elderly men to enter his army.
    It took three of Rome's better generals (Crassus, Lucullus and Pompey) to finally take him down.
    His slave revolt is well-documented by ancient historians Plutarch, Appian, Florus, Orosius and Sallust.
    Of the three slave revolts Rome had, his was the most successful.
    As he was chopped into pieces, his body was never identified.
    He is an inspiration to modern revolutionaries.

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