Spartacus Leads Devastating Rebellion Through Italy
By Jessie Gilboy
CAPUA, ITALY- Yesterday, Spartacus the Thracian gladiator rebelled against Roman armies. He commanded a troop of 120,000 fugitives who all desired more freedom.
After Spartacus gathered his army, they brawled in increasingly large battles throughout Southern Italy. Eventually, they journeyed north around Sicily, and by now, his army had already defeated more than seven Roman forces.
Spartacus was born in 109 B.C. in Thrace where he was free. He was forced to train as a gladiator when he was captured and sold into slavery.
"I made myself a promise, Crixus, I swore that if I ever got out of this place, I'd die before I'd watch two men fight to the death again," this displays just how much he wanted freedom.
After escaping gladiatorial school with about seventy others, he began to rebel.Eventually Spartacus' army was cornered by the Romans. Led by general Crassus, they were wiped out in a colossal battle.
Spartacus is said to have died there, though his body has not been discovered yet. The surviving six thousand slaves were seized and crucified.
"I'd rather be here, a free man among brothers, facing a long march and a hard fight, than to be the richest citizen of Rome," Spartacus stated, showing how significant freedom was to him.
Shocking Caesar Assassination
By Jessie Gilboy
THEATRE OF POMPEY- Last week on the Ides of March, general and dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated. Full of envy and concern about Caesar becoming king in the near future, Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus plotted to murder him.
Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman. Politically adept and a popular leader, Caesar expanded Rome's geographic reach and established its imperial system.
From 61-60 B.C. he served as governor of the Roman province of Spain. He continued his close alliance with Pompey which enabled him to get elected as Consul. In 59 B.C., becoming Consul gave him a powerful position.
Caesar's increasing power led to anger among a number of politicians. Longinus and Brutus viewed him as an aspiring king, so they joined together to lead the assassination.