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Theresa Urbainczyk is Lecturer in Classics at University Dublin and the author of Socrates of Constantinople (1997) and Theodoret of Cyrrhus (2002).
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  • Series: Ancients in Action
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853996688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853996689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duncan L. Cooper on January 5, 2005
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Theresa Urbainczyk's has written an admirable brief study, published by the venerable Gerald Duckworth and Co. Ltd, as an entry in their recent Ancients in Action series of short incisive books which "introduces major figures of the ancient world to the general reader, including each subject's life, works, and significance for later western civilization."

A senior classics lecturer at University College Dublin who has previously been known for her works on the history of church and state under the late Roman Empire, Ms. Ubainczyk fills her publisher's prescription to a tee in this, her first work on slavery and slave rebellion under the late Republic. In it she offers an explanation of how a gladiator rebel against slavery from two thousand years ago who ultimately failed, was vilified by the establishment of his own time, and left no disciples or writings to carry on his ideas, still managed to become so influential in the modern era. She begins with a brief survey of the impact of Spartacus on such diverse historical phenomena as the French Revolution, the slave uprising under Toussant L'Overture in Haiti, the Italian Risorgimento under Garribaldi, the Marxist movement of the ninteenth century, the failed German revolution in 1918, and the communist regimes of the twentieth century. Stepping back into the Roman Republican period she leads the reader through the background of conquest, slavery, gladiatorial games, and previous slave rebellions that ultimately led to the great Italian servile war. What follows is an up-to-date account of the revolt of Spartacus, his rise, many victories, and final defeat by his arch enemy Marcus Licinius Crassus.
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