On the Spartacus Road

    On the Spartacus Road

    A Spectacular Journey through Ancient Italy

    Peter Stothard

    Harper 2010

    Hardback 368pp

    9780007340781   Product Code: 81667

    Peter Stothard, former Times editor and keen classicist, records his travels along the 2000-mile route taken by Spartacus' rebel forces between 73 and 71 BCE as they terrorized the Italian countryside. Visiting the ruins of towns such as Capua and Pompeii he muses on the importance of the Spartacus story across the intervening centuries; but this is also a very personal journey, as he rediscovers Roman authors he first read at school and reflects on his survival of near-fatal cancer.

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