Throughout history - both ancient and modern - those bound in chains have fought to free themselves from their oppressors. As with most civilizations - Assyrian, Greek and even American - slaves in ancient Rome were not considered citizens, but property, providing labor, both skilled and unskilled, to the rest of society. Obviously, slave revolts, whether in Rome or elsewhere, provided a danger to all citizens, and while most of these uprisings were quickly suppressed, one revolt in the first century BCE caused enough concern for the Roman Senate that they eventually called upon two of their greatest generals to crush it. Over a two-year period, this “small” uprising, led by a one-time gladiator, initiated what would become known as the Third Servile War. This man's name was Spartacus.

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