Thursday, February 1, 2007

Crucifixion of 6,000 rebels by Crassus

At the end of the Third Servile War, a revolt against the Romans led by the gladiator Spartacus in 71 BCE, the Roman general Marcus Licinius Crassus had more than 6,000 rebels crucified. After defeating and killing Spartacus in battle at Apulia, the Romans lined the 200-kilometer Appian Way road from Capua to Rome with 6,000 gladiators and slaves on 6,000 crosses (Bella Civilia 1:120).

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