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From enslavement to rebel gladiator: The life of Spartacus - Fiona Radford

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Spartacus was enslaved — one of millions taken from territories conquered by Rome to work the mines, till the fields or fight for a crowd’s entertainment. Imprisoned for deserting the Roman Army, he and other enslaved people fought their way free and started a rebellion. How did an enslaved man become synonymous with freedom and courage? Fiona Radford delves into the life and legend of Spartacus.

Spartacus’ rebellion launched the Third Servile War, which was the last major slave revolt in Rome’s history even though the Roman empire would last until AD 476. Why do you think there were no further slave wars after 73 BC?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Fiona Radford
  • Director Serin İnan, Tolga Yıldız
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Serin İnan
  • Designer İbrahim Hakkı Uslu
  • Illustrator İbrahim Hakkı Uslu
  • Storyboard Artist İbrahim Hakkı Uslu
  • Animator Gökhan Gürkan
  • Sound Designer Tolga Yıldız
  • Composer Tolga Yıldız
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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