By Barry Strauss
• An authoritative account from a professional writer: The Spartacus struggle is the 1st renowned background of the insurrection in English. a number one authority on classical army heritage, Barry Strauss has used contemporary archaeological discoveries, old files, and on-site investigations to create the main exact and targeted account of the Spartacus uprising ever written—and it reads like a chief novel. .
• an exhilarating tale that has encouraged novelists and filmmakers: The real-life Spartacus is much more awesome than his fictional opposite numbers. A slave from Thrace (modern day Bulgaria), in all probability of noble origins, he led a surprising uprising at a gladiatorial institution in Capua in seventy three BC. inside of years the ranks of his military, which began with fewer than a hundred males, swelled to 60,000; they routed 9 Roman armies and for a time managed all of southern Italy. The Roman basic Crassus ultimately defeated the slave military and whereas Spartacus it seems that died at the box of conflict, his physique used to be by no means recovered. The legend arose that he escaped and remained undefeated
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Quae autem parum plana uidebuntur aut minus plena instructaque, petimus, inquam, ut ea non docendi magis quam admonendi gratia scripta existiment et quasi demonstratione uestigiorum contenti persequantur ea post, si libebit, uel libris repertis uel magistris. Quae uero putauerint reprehendenda, his, si audebunt, succenseant, unde ea nos accepimus; sed enim, quae aliter apud alium scripta legerint, ne iam statim temere obstrepant, sed et rationes rerum et auctoritates hominum pensitent, quos illi quosque nos secuti sumus.
If Confusae is a bad title, why should we not raise an eyebrow at Gellius’s own posturing about the “confused” (confusaneam) quality of his own material? In fact, the more one lucubrates on the question of Gellius’s title and the titles of others, it becomes clear that all those titles would suit Gellius’s 20. Compare Kaster 1995:101. See Riggsby 2006 for a careful review of this protean genre. 21 And upon reading the contents, the sensation only grows stronger. To the extent that there is a problem, though, it is that in picking one of those titles he might have to exclude the others: he has written both a Patchwork and a Horn of Plenty.
The “performances of knowledge” on the part of the public speakers of the Second Sophistic ought to be compared with those found within and embodied by Gellius’s Noctes. Praefatio Gellii 25 learning,14 and for this very reason they have set upon their works the most recherché titles. And so some title their text Muses, others Forests, this one The Robe, that one The Horn of Plenty, another Honeycombs, a number Meadows, some His Reading, another Ancient Readings, and still another Blossoming, and yet another, Discoveries.