Sure, you might know the famous movie quote "I am Spartacus!," but who was the real gladiator Spartacus? He was a Thracian-born mercenary-turned-probable deserter who was sold into slavery in the first century BCE, becoming a gladiator at a famed school in Italy. In 73 BCE, Spartacus and about 70 of his pals fled their bondage; over the next few years, they gathered tens of thousands of slaves in a conflict against Rome.
The Spartacus slave revolts were also dubbed the Third Servile War. Although they ended badly in 71 BCE – the Spartacus slave wars ended in Spartacus's death and 6,000 crucified rebels – this gorgeous gladiator inspired future generations in his crusade against tyranny, his feats – and his physique – becoming more impressive with each re-telling of his story. Check out Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film Spartacus or the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which ran from 2010-2013, for some visuals of this muscular progression.
Spartacus Might Have Been An Ex-Soldier Who Turned On RomePhoto: Universal International
Spartacus Was Sold As A Slave And Became A GladiatorPhoto: Starz
He Led A Mass Gladiator Escape And Hid Out On A VolcanoPhoto: Universal International
Rallying 90,000 Slaves, Spartacus Beat Several Roman ArmiesPhoto: Universal International
He Tried To Send All His Slave-Soldiers Back Home, But They Pillaged InsteadPhoto: Starz
He Made A Deal With Some Traitorous PiratesPhoto: Universal International