The uprising of the slaves against the Romans in 73 BC, led by the gladiator Spartacus, has been an inspiration to generations of people who have stood up against oppression. By the time he was captured by Marcus Licinius Crassus in 71 BC and executed by crucifixion, his army of around 90 000 slaves and dispossessed had defeated several Roman armies and devastated much of the southern part of the ...
Series: Polyg9on Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Birlinn (September 7, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 8961814
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This review is specific to the novel Spartacus, by the author Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The Gibbon novel is powerful and bloody, authentic in style and the brutality of the action. The battles are intense, showcasing the creative genius of the titular he...
insula. For Karl Marx, Spartacus was 'the most splendid fellow that all ancient history has to show; great general, noble character, real representative of the ancient proletariat'. For Grassic Gibbon, a lifelong Marxist International and successful historian of early civilisations, Spartacus allowed him to focus on his fiercely held beliefs in the nature of society, the freedom of the individual, and the inevitable collapse of 'civilisation'.