Servile Wars


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Servile Wars,

name given in Roman history to three slave uprisings. The agricultural slaves were exploited by their owners, who had extreme powers and were never averse to using them. The first of the Servile Wars was fought in Sicily from 134 to 132 B.C. (or from 135 to 133 B.C.); the second, more serious, also occurred in Sicily from 104 to 101 B.C. (or from 105 to 102 B.C.). The third took place in Campania and was led by the gladiator SpartacusSpartacus
, d. 71 B.C., leader in an ancient Italian slave revolt, b. Thrace. He broke out (73 B.C.) of a gladiators' school at Capua and fled to Mt. Vesuvius, where many fugitives joined him.
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. He and his men gained control over most of S Italy in 73 B.C. and were finally put down with great cruelty by Crassus and Pompey in 71 B.C.
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References in classic literature ?
Such people will ask you with a clever air why the servile wars were always the most fierce, desperate and atrocious of all wars.
* Invictus Map - It is based on the series of slave uprisings that resulted in the Servile Wars.
43 In which century was the Thracian gladiator Spartacus a leader of the third and biggest of the "Servile Wars" or slave uprisings against the Roman Empire?