By Nic Fields

This Osprey crusade name brings to lifestyles the tale of Rome's most renowned rebellion, the Slave warfare (73-71 BC), and the ex-gladiator who led it. within the 12 months seventy three BC, the Thracian Spartacus broke out of the gladiatorial education institution at Capua in Campainia. A charismatic chief, Spartacus shaped a military of runaway slaves and other people with little to lose, and defeated the Roman troops below the praetor C. Claudius Glaber. With this minor victory, Spartacus' military swelled to 70,000 and rampaged all through Campania assaulting a few towns and defeating consular armies.

Terrified lest the rebellion unfold around the republic, the govt. assigned M. Licinius Crassus the duty of crushing the insurrection. Crassus' first try and seize Spartacus failed, and the Roman senate referred to as upon Pompey to assist him. jointly, they cornered Spartacus and taken him to conflict close to the resource of the river Silarus. throughout the conflict, Spartacus was once killed and his military defeated. Crassus crucified 6,000 prisoners to illustrate to others who could think about revolt.

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1). Despite formal complaints, R o m a n g o v e r n o r s h e s i t a t e d t o e n f o r c e the rule o f l a w a n d t o repress b r i g a n d a g e b e c a u s e of the p r e s s u r e b r o u g h t t o bear o n t h e m by the p o w e r f u l l a n d o w n e r s . In 7 1 BC, the y e a r the S p a r t a c a n rebellion w a s extinguished, C i c e r o delivered a forensic s p e e c h , the Pro Tullio, which survives only in f r a g m e n t s . B u t its interest for us is c o n s i d e r a b l e , for C i c e r o ' t a k e s us into the wild hill-country of L u c a n i a ' w h e r e ' w e find c a t t l e - b a r o n s a n d their hired h a n d s , a r m e d slaves that is, r a i d i n g a n d plundering each other's herds a n d h o m e s t e a d s ' ( S t o c k t o n 1 9 7 1 : 1 9 ) .

T h e natural implication of M a r i u s ' decision to enrol p o o r citizens in the a r m y w a s that the newly raised legions w o u l d n o t all a u t o m a t i c a l l y cease t o exist w h e n the m e n w h e r e d i s m i s s e d f r o m duty. In effect, the legion b e c a m e a p e r m a n e n t o r g a n i z a t i o n into w h i c h n e w recruits c o u l d be a d d e d , k e e p i n g the s a m e n a m e a n d n u m b e r t h r o u g h o u t its existence. T o m a r k this c h a n g e in status, M a r i u s g a v e e a c h legion a p e r m a n e n t s t a n d a r d t o r e p r e s e n t it.

It a p p e a r s , t h e r e f o r e , t h a t a n o t h e r o f M a r i u s ' a p p a r e n t r e f o r m s w a s t o r e d u c e the size of the b a g g a g e train (impedimenta). T h e legionaries n o w h a d to s h o u l d e r m u c h o f their g e a r : b e d r o l l a n d c l o a k , three or m o r e d a y s ' ration of g r a i n , a b r o n z e c o o k i n g p o t (trulleus) a n d m e s s tin (patera), a m e t a l canteen or leather flask, a sickle for cutting g r a i n a n d f o r a g e , a w i c k e r b a s k e t for earth LEFT Legionaries, Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus (Paris, Musée du Louvre, Ma 975), armed with scutum and gladius.

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