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In Our Time

BBC Radio 4

Society & Culture, History

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

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Spartacus

March 6th, 2014

Episode 360 of 523 episodes

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life of Spartacus, the gladiator who led a major slave rebellion against the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC. He was an accomplished military leader, and the campaign he led contributed significantly to the instability of the Roman state in this period. Spartacus was celebrated by some ancient historians and reviled by others, and became a hero to revolutionaries in 19th-century Europe. Modern perceptions of his character have been influenced by Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film - but ancient sources give a rather more complex picture of Spartacus and the aims of his rebellion. With: Mary Beard Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge Maria Wyke Professor of Latin at University College, London Theresa Urbainczyk Associate Professor of Classics at University College, Dublin. Producer: Victoria Brignell.

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