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“The Spartacus War is a thrilling account of ancient history… by this wonderful professor”

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Weekend Bookworm: The Spartacus War 14 February 2014 , 11:13 AM by Rob Minshull The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss Spartacus’s was the most famous slave revolt in history and, writes Barry Strauss, arguably its largest. Spartacus defeated Roman armies, terrified the political and military elites of his time, inspired revolutionaries across the ages and, finally, captured the imagination of Hollywood. Even …

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I Blog the Finale of Starz’s “Spartacus” for the Wall Street Journal Online

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Did ‘Spartacus’ Get the Legend Right? Starz’s “Spartacus” series has reached its moving end. Although it took liberties with the historical facts, the finale was loyal to Spartacus’s legend and its great theme – freedom. Spartacus meets his fate but he lives on as one of history’s most famous slaves and one of its greatest freedom fighters. Or so the …

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The Unbelievable (Mostly) Untold Story of Spartacus’s Wife

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The Unbelievable (Mostly) Untold Tale of Spartacus’s Wife As the Starz drama “Spartacus: War of the Damned” hurtles towards its conclusion, Speakeasy asked historian Barry Strauss to reflect on some of the important but little-known aspects of the true story of Spartacus. The penultimate episode of “Spartacus,” titled “The Dead and the Dying,” airs tonight. That a gladiator like Spartacus …

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Spartacus Lecture, Rome, Italy, April 17

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  Spartacus – the Man, the Myth, the Legacy   March 13, 2013 Posted by: AUR Posted In: Active Headlines, Archives Featured Posts     When: April 17, 2013 Time: 5.00 pm Where: Centro Studi Americani, Via Michelangelo Caetani – 00186 Roma Dr. Barry Strauss Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University and author of The Spartacus War (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009) …

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MEN’S HEALTH Quotes me on Spartacus

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They quote me extensively in their February 2013 article on the “Spartacus Workout.” Here is a sample: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/liam-mcintyre-spartacus-workout/page/3

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Caesar, Spartacus, and NATO

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of taking a staff ride to the site of one of Julius Caesar’s battles in Gaul. It was part of my visit to SHAPE in Mons, Belgium, where I was invited to lecture on military history. SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe) is NATO’s military wing. My companions on the staff ride …

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Freedoms

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It takes physical courage to demonstrate against an oppressive regime that is willing to kill you, as brave Iranians have done this month. Moral courage is less necessary. When someone holds you in chains, it is obvious that you should break them. All honor, even so, to those who risk their lives.

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Speeches

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In spring 196 B.C. the Roman proconsul Flamininus gave a speech. The scene was the Isthmian Games, near Corinth. Rome was the new master of Greece, after having smashed the Macedonian army the year before. The Greeks were used to being pushed around by great powers like Macedon. From Rome, they expected more of the same.

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New Gladiators

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In Spartacus’s day, gladiators advertised by parading through town, displaying their fierce physiques and touting their records of wins and losses. Nowadays, states advertise by testing missiles and nuclear bombs and then peddling the results to a global audience. So, Iran and North Korea in the past week. Their weapons make them winners; the implied loser is the United States, …

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