Spartacus: The Gladiator

Paperback | October 1, 2012

byBen Kane

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Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.

In Ben Kane's brilliant novel, we meet Spartacus as he returns to Thrace, ready to settle down after a decade away. But a new king has usurped the throne. Treacherous and violent, he immediately seizes Spartacus and sells him to a Roman slave trader looking for new gladiators.

The odyssey has begun which will see Spartacus become one of the greatest legends of history, the hero of revolutionaries from Karl Marx to Che Guevara, immortalised on screen, and now brought to life in Ben Kane's great bestseller -- a novel which takes the story to its halfway point and is continued in Spartacus: Rebellion.

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Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.In Ben Kane's brilliant novel, we meet Spartacus as he returns to Thrace, ready to settle do...

BEN KANE was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College, Dublin, but after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging in his passion for ancient history. He lives in North Somerset with his wife and two young children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.82 × 5.12 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099561921

ISBN - 13:9780099561927

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spartacus the gladiator Once again a fine read from Ben Kane
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spartacus the gladiator Once again Ben Kane has the skill to turn history into adventure. The attention to detail makes you almost feel as if you were there!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great retelling of Spartacus' story I feel I am quite familiar with the story of the Thracian warrior who made the mighty Roman Empire tremble with fear in the years just previous to the rise of Julius Caesar. I have watched both the Starz series about Spartacus and the famous Kirk Douglas film of the same name, read some of the accounts of the Slave king by a variety of authors, but was still quite happy to read Ben Kane's version which offers some new speculative ideas about how Spartacus came to power and the struggle to maintain it. I like how he included a wife for Spartacus (there is some evidence to a woman in his life during the war), and how he and Crixus rarely, if ever, saw eye to eye. The battle scenes were good, but I felt that Kane sometimes cut them short as they got their bloodiest. All in all, a much better retelling of the story of Spartacus then offered by some (see my post about The Spartacus Legacy), but there was always a lingering feeling that it could still have been better. It was good enough to make me read on to Kane's second book about the "gladiator gone wild", Spartacus Rebellion, which will conclude this amazing warrior's enduring story.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spartacus, the gladiator Amazing tale retold, captured and inspired the imagination, what an amazing individual this man was.
Date published: 2013-02-12

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"Gritty, passionate and violent, this thrilling book is a real page-turner and a damn good read. It brings Spartacus -- and ancient Rome -- to vivid, colourful life." -- Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire