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

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

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 …