Spartacus, that Greek rebel slave fighting by his freedom against the almighty Rome, has captivated our imagination and has been admired for generation after generation during two thousand years.
I still remember the first time I heard about Spartacus. It was in a book of history in my grandma house. They said, he was a slave who jointed a great army of slaves to fight against the Roman patricians. These events happened from 73 to 71 BP during the Third Servile War. Then, it was not the first time that Roman slaves fought by their freedom. However, this time, retaliation was so great that I suppose created a shock in contemporary people and ancient historians have always mentioned Spartacus (see Plutarch, Appian or Florus).
Spartacus was killed in a last a definitive battle and his body was never found. However, six thousand survivors of the revolt captured by the legions of Crassus were crucified, lining the Appian Way from Rome to Capua!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine that? Fundamentally, this was the image that shocked me so much years ago and which still is in my nightmares.
Movies and TV series, of course, have focus on Spartacus too. Do you remember the famous Spartacus by Kubrick and starring by Kirk Douglas? I’m sure you do. Recently is ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ which is in our conversations. It’s accused of being too much violent and bloody. However, I like this idea because I think it’s the best way of reflecting that reality. The unfair reality of slavery and the violence of slave holders, although they were patricians.
“Spartacus: War of the Damned” premieres Friday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz. Enjoy it and think about the sad reality and learn about the heroism of people who fight for freedom.
Here’s the official summary for the final season of “Spartacus”: The season opens and Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, and Spartacus more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic, the horde become a force that challenges even the mighty armies of Rome. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war.
In addition to regulars Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa), joining the cast this year are Simon Merrells as Marcus Crassus and Todd Lasance as Julius Caesar.