Top critical review
Pointless but enjoyable.
on 12 May 2016
A somewhat pointless but nonetheless entertaining book about the Spartacus led slave rebellion in ancient Rome.
If you are looking for an in-depth biography of Spartacus the man you won't find it here as, unfortunately, there is very little tangible evidence that exists that give any real insight into this. Thus, a lot of this book is speculation and educated guess work.
What is does provide is all the available evidence into the battles that occurred during the revolt and this information is provided well and is full of intricate detail. The author does, in my opinion, spend too much time on full descriptions of the Geography of the regions involved and these sections can be a little dull.
It is, however, a fairly entertaining read.
One point on my printing that was rather confusing was that the copious source notes at the rear of the book were not marked within the text itself making it difficult to cross reference passages within.
Recently I've noticed the book in some of the discount book shops at a significant lower price. If you see it in one of those i would recommend giving it a read.