The Spartacus Road

A Personal Journey Through Ancient Italy

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Abrams


Category: Travel

Page: 368

View: 433

Its success was something no one before had ever known. The Spartacus Road is the route along which this rebel army outfought the world's finest military forces between 73and 71 BC, bringing both fears and hopes that have never wholly left the modern mind. Sweepingly erudite and strikingly personal, The Spartacus Road is a book like none other--at once a journalist's notebook, a reflection on life's fragility, including the author's own fight against cancer; and a classicist's celebration. As he travels along the Spartacus Road and into the classical Italian landscape, Stothard breathes new life into a singular war in antiquity, recounting one of the greatest stories of the ages.

The Spartacus Road

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Overlook Press


Category: History

Page: 353

View: 481

A narrative account of the Classical Thracian gladiator chronicles his gladiatorial school training, post-escape leadership of a growing army of slaves and defeat of major Roman armies before his capture and execution, in a history that also assesses his life from historical and modern viewpoints.

The Road to Rome

(The Forgotten Legion Chronicles No. 3)

Author: Ben Kane

Publisher: Random House


Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 857

Having survived the perils of a journey across half the world, Romulus and Tarquinius are press-ganged into the legions, which are under imminent threat of annihilation by the Egyptians. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus's twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. Soon after, Romulus fights at Zela, the vicious battle where Caesar famously said, 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Tarquinius, separated from Romulus in the chaos of war, hides in Alexandria, searching for guidance. But mortal danger awaits them both. From the battlefields of Asia Minor and North Africa, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they face death daily, until on the Ides of March, the twins are reunited and must decide either to back or to betray Caesar on his day of destiny.

The Appian Way

Ghost Road, Queen of Roads

Author: Robert A. Kaster

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: History

Page: 124

View: 292

Describes travel down the Appian Way while analyzing the meaning of the road in modern and ancient context.

The Road to Harpers Ferry

Author: Joseph Chamberlain Furnas



Category: Antislavery movements

Page: 477

View: 816

The story of John Brown and the "Secret Six", influential Americans who supported him in the raid of Harpers Ferry, told against a background of the African slave trade.

The Spartacus War

Author: Barry Strauss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: History

Page: 288

View: 755

An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. The Spartacus War is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, filmmakers, and revolutionaries for 2,000 years. Starting with only seventy-four men, a gladiator named Spartacus incited a rebellion that threatened Rome itself. With his fellow gladiators, Spartacus built an army of 60,000 soldiers and controlled the southern Italian countryside. A charismatic leader, he used religion to win support. An ex-soldier in the Roman army, Spartacus excelled in combat. He defeated nine Roman armies and kept Rome at bay for two years before he was defeated. After his final battle, 6,000 of his followers were captured and crucified along Rome's main southern highway. The Spartacus War is the dramatic and factual account of one of history's great rebellions. Spartacus was beaten by a Roman general, Crassus, who had learned how to defeat an insurgency. But the rebels were partly to blame for their failure. Their army was large and often undisciplined; the many ethnic groups within it frequently quarreled over leadership. No single leader, not even Spartacus, could keep them all in line. And when faced with a choice between escaping to freedom and looting, the rebels chose wealth over liberty, risking an eventual confrontation with Rome's most powerful forces. The result of years of research, The Spartacus War is based not only on written documents but also on archaeological evidence, historical reconstruction, and the author's extensive travels in the Italian countryside that Spartacus once conquered.

The Road to Rome

A Novel of the Forgotten Legion

Author: Ben Kane

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 938

In 48 B.C., having survived a disastrous campaign in Pythia as part of the Forgotten Legion and spent years fighting their way back to Rome, Romulus and Tarquinius have finally made it as far as Alexandria. On arrival, though, they find themselves in the midst of the Roman Civil War, are press-ganged into Caesar’s thinning legions and greatly outnumbered and fighting for their lives against the Egyptian army. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus’ twin sister Fabiola, having caught only a glimpse of her long-missing twin before being forced to flee Egypt for Rome, lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. From the battlefields of Asia Minor and North Africa, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they all face death and danger daily, until 44 B.C. when their individual roads all lead them to Rome where the future of the republic lies unexpectedly in their hands.

The Long Road West

A Journey in History

Author: Frank Vigor Morley

Publisher: Chatto & Windus


Category: Civilization, Western

Page: 416

View: 242


Author: Howard Fast

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Political Science

Page: 372

View: 532

The best-selling novel about a slave revolt in ancient Rome and the basis for the popular motion picture.

Roman Studies

Literary and Historical

Author: T. P. Wiseman

Publisher: Francis Cairns


Category: History

Page: 419

View: 177

The scholarship of T. P. Wiseman on the late Roman Republic is remarkable in combining vivid and detailed historical insight into the social, political and topographical realities of that period with a sympathetic understanding of late Republican literature, particularly the poetry of Catullus. Roman Studies contains twenty-eight of his major periodical contributions up to 1983, and published for the first time 'The Masters of Sirmio', which explores the economic, political and literary associations of the great villa on Lake Garda associated with the family of Catullus.

The Road to Masada

Author: Roger Elwood

Publisher: Moody Pub


Category: Fiction

Page: 454

View: 358

The Road to Masada rcounts the tales of lives altered dramatically by the presence of Jesus Christ.

I Am Spartacus!

Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

Author: Kirk Douglas

Publisher: Open Road Media


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 810

A “lively” memoir by the Hollywood legend about the making of Spartacus, with a foreword by George Clooney (Los Angeles Times). One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author of ten works of fiction and memoir. Now, more than fifty years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood’s moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. Trumbo was one of the “Unfriendly Ten,” men who had gone to prison rather than testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about their political affiliations. Douglas’s source material was already a hot property, as the novel Spartacus was written by Howard Fast while he was in jail for defying HUAC. With the financial future of his young family at stake, Douglas plunged into a tumultuous production both on- and off-screen. As both producer and star of the film, he faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a leading lady, and negotiations with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back at his audacious decisions. He made the most expensive film of its era—but more importantly, his moral courage in giving public credit to Trumbo effectively ended the notorious Hollywood blacklist. A master storyteller, Douglas paints a vivid and often humorous portrait in I Am Spartacus! The book is enhanced by newly discovered period photography of the stars and filmmakers both on and off the set.

The Last Assassin

The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 288

View: 414

Many men killed Julius Caesar. Only one man was determined to kill the killers. From the spring of 44 BC through one of the most dramatic and influential periods in history, Caesar's adopted son, Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus, exacted vengeance on the assassins of the Ides of March, not only on Brutus and Cassius, immortalized by Shakespeare, but all the others too, each with his own individual story. The last assassin left alive was one of the lesser-known: Cassius Parmensis was a poet and sailor who chose every side in the dying Republic's civil wars except the winning one, a playwright whose work was said to have been stolen and published by the man sent to kill him. Parmensis was in the back row of the plotters, many of them Caesar's friends, who killed for reasons of the highest political principles and lowest personal piques. For fourteen years he was the most successful at evading his hunters but has been barely a historical foot note--until now. The Last Assassin dazzlingly charts an epic turn of history through the eyes of an unheralded man. It is a history of a hunt that an emperor wanted to hide, of torture and terror, politics and poetry, of ideas and their consequences, a gripping story of fear, revenge, and survival.


The Last Night of Cleopatra

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Abrams


Category: History

Page: 400

View: 883

Blending aspects of memoir, history, and travel narrative into an elegant and unique tapestry, Stothard uses the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the experiences that shaped his life. Melancholy yet often humorous, Alexandria probingly deconstructs the enigma of modern Egypt—with its uneasy mix of classical touchstones and increasingly volatile Middle Eastern politics—and offers a first†“hand glimpse into the fracturing state just before the Tahrir Square uprising and the start of the Arab Spring.

Road Travel Demand

Meeting the Challenge

Author: OCSE = OECD.

Publisher: OECD Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 193

View: 138

Road transport congestion in urban areas remains a significant challenge for OECD member countries to balance growing demand for travel with environmental concerns and the need to promote sustainable transport systems. This study examines a range of recent measures undertaken to deal with the problems of traffic congestion, including case studies which highlight examples of best practice. It recommends a number of strategies designed to manage current and future travel demand in OECD countries more effectively.

Africa's Rough Road

Problems of Change and Development

Author: Absolom Vilakazi



Category: Africa

Page: 271

View: 261