The Spartacus Revolt is commonly known for its titular leader, whose deeds have been romanticized in movies and other media. While Hollywood has led many to believe Spartacus was a revolutionary leader working to end slavery in the Roman Empire, this is not an accurate characterization. However, that does not mean that the Spartacus Revolt was nothing more than a historical footnote, although not for its leader. In fact, the revolt should be seen as a revolt of a middle class of veterans in the Roman Empire who wanted greater social standing than the end of the Social War had afforded them, rather than a revolt merely by slaves.
Maziarz, Gavin J.
"The Spartacus Rebellion, More Than a Slave Revolt,"
The Gettysburg Historical Journal: Vol. 21, Article 7.
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