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Publisher: Preface Publishing
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ISBN - 10: 1848093411
ISBN - 13: 9781848093416
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The first of two epic novels which tell the story of one of the
most charismatic heroes history has ever known -- Spartacus, the
gladiator slave who took on and nearly defeated the might of Rome,
during the years 73-71 BC.
In historical terms we know very little about Spartacus the man --
partly because most contemporary Roman historians were keen to
obliterate his memory and prevent him from attaining mythic status.
This of course is grist to the novelist''s mill. Ben Kane''s
brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus
has returned, after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman
army. But here he quickly falls foul of his overlord, the Thracian
king, who has set his heart on Dionysian priestess, Ariadne --
later to become wife of Spartacus. Betrayed again to the Romans by
his jealous king, Spartacus -- and with him Ariadne -- are taken in
captivity to the school of gladiators at Capua. It is here --
against the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life -- that
Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their
Roman masters, escaping to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train a
huge slave army -- an army which will keep the might of Rome at bay
for two years and create one of the most extraordinary legends in
history. Spartacus: The Gladiator takes the story
up to the moment when the slave army has inflicted its first great
defeat on Rome.