In this examination of the Roman institution of slavery, Brent Shaw presents a compelling selection of the ancient testimony relating to Spartacus and the Slave Wars. A revised introduction places Spartacus in the context both of recent historical work and in relation to images of Spartacus in television and film media. The existing collection of translated Greek and Latin sources has also been fully revised, and now includes additional documents that flesh out the Roman responses to the Spartacus slave revolt. A new image has also been provided to illustrate the nature of the slave villas of the period.
BRENT D. SHAW is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published in many major historical, sociological and anthropological journals, including Past and Present, American Historical Review, History Today, Journal of Roman Studies, Man and American Journal of Sociology and is editor of the collected papers of Sir Moses Finley. He is the recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been Commonwealth Scholar at Cambridge University, an honorary visiting fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and Goldman Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His study of violence in Roman society, especially in civil conflict in the later Roman Empire, helped inspire this volume.