On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey Through Ancient Italy

On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey Through Ancient Italy

Peter Stothard


during this inspiring and unique ebook, former editor of the days, Sir Peter Stothard, re-traces the adventure taken through Spartacus and his military of rebels. within the ultimate century of the 1st Roman Republic a military of slaves introduced a unusual terror to the folk of Italy. Its leaders have been gladiators. Its objective used to be incomprehensible. Its luck used to be extraordinary. The Spartacus highway is the path alongside which this insurgent military outfought the Roman legions among seventy three and seventy one BC, bringing either fears and hopes that experience by no means totally left the fashionable brain. it's a highway that stretches via 2,000 miles of Italian nation-state and out into 2,000 years of worldwide historical past. during this inspiring and unique memoir, the previous editor of the days, Peter Stothard, takes us on a rare trip. the result's a ebook like none different - without delay a journalist's pc, a classicist's social gathering, a survivor's list of a close to deadly melanoma and the historical past of a different and brutal battle. As he travels alongside the Spartacus street - in the course of the ruins of Capua to Vesuvius and the misplaced Greek towns of the Italian south - Stothard's prose illuminates conflicting stories of occasions historic and smooth, the concurrently international and regular, one of many maximum tales of every age. Sweepingly erudite and strikingly own, at the Spartacus highway is non-fiction writing of the top order.

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