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Spartacus, the Boy slave revolter against the Roman Empire

Spartacus, born in 81 BC, lost his parents to slave merchants in the Roman Republic at age 5. Since then, he trained himself how to fight like a real soldier. Despite his age, he hoped to lead a revolt against Rome to avenge his parents, who died in slavery. At age 8, in 73 BC, Spartacus was captured by a Roman slave merchant and put up for auction in Rome. He was bought by Calbertia, the daughter of Cicero, Roman lawyer and politician. Calbertia was in fact in love with Spartacus and would help him to return to Capua for his slave revolt. Spartacus led his slave revolt directly on the Roman palace that same year and became the youngest military leader recorded in world history. Though his revolt failed, he gave hope to many other slaves to come. He grew up to marry Calbertia and live the rest of his life as a gladiator. He died at age 75, in 6 BC, along with his wife.

Early Life

Spartacus was born in 81 BC, to two poor merchants in the city of Capua. He grew up in a world where the wealthy and powerful could buy the poor and hopeless with mere coins. Spartacus' parents spoke out against slavery publicly.

At age 5, in 76 BC, Spartacus' parents were bought by a slave merchant and taken from him. Since then, Spartacus was left all alone, the Romans ignored him and no one else had the courage to take him in. Inspired by his parents' speeches against the Republic's policy on slavery, Sparatacus trained to fight like a Roman soldier.

Prelude to Revolt

At age 8, in 73 BC, Spartacus was captured by a slave merchant and held up for auction in Rome. The merchant that captured Spartacus was the same one who took away his parents. Spartacus saw revenge in his grasp and grabbed the merchant by the throat. With an almost faint breathe, the merchant told Spartacus that his parents died in slavery. Spartacus was shattered by this news and let the merchant live. He was then purchased as a slave by Calbertia, the daughter of Roman lawyer and politician, Cicero. However, once in Calbertia's quarters in the palace, she revealed that she was actually in love with him.

Calbertia, daughter of Cicero and future wife of Spartacus

Calbertia, Spartacus' girlfriend and partner.

After spending about two months together, Spartacus and Calbertia became quite the little couple. Of course, Calbertia couldn't tell her father, because he'd want her to have a suitor of 'noble Roman blood'. Calbertia, however, didn't like how her father was doing things, including slavery, so she helped Spartacus escape Rome back to Capua to rally the slaves and begin his revolt. Vowing to be with him forever, she escaped with him and would join the revolt herself.

A Revolt on Rome

Once back in Capua, Spartacus, with help from Calbertia, freed many of the slaves to begin his revolt. Spartacus came up with a plan to get into the city for the attack by surprise: One of the slaves poses as a merchant and leads the slaves into the city, then Spartacus takes the lead and attacks directly on the palace. The plan succeeded and Spartacus led an incredible attack on Cicero and the palace. They all fought without backing down or retreating. However, the entire slave army was wiped out by the palace guard and the army of Rome put together. Spartacus and Calbertia, however, survived and were spared as they were children and executing children wouldn't show a good example for the people.

Life after the Revolt

Spartacus and Calbertia returned to Capua after the revolt failed. The two agreed to look after each other for the survival of each other. When they reached adulthood in 50 BC, the young couple married and spent the rest of their lives together. To make further use of his fighting skills, Spartacus took a career as a gladiator in the Colosseum. Spartacus became a champion in the arena, hardly any opponent could really stand against him. Calbertia always watched her husband in the arena, she was proud of how he'd made something of himself. Eventually, Calbertia and Spartacus had a baby, the daughter named Tullia Ciceronis. However, Spartacus was never really there to help Calbertia raise the child because of his life in the arena. But when Spartacus was there, he worked to the best of his ability to be a father, since he never really had one himself.


Spartacus and Calbertia both raised their child well. However, all of those wounds and injuries Spartacus got from both the gladiator fights and his revolt, finally took their toll on his health. As the days went by, he faltered as a gladiator and could hardly stand anymore. Calbertia wasn't doing so well either, she was getting worn out from having to raise a child, mostly by herself. While the child lived into adulthood, Spartacus and Calbertia both died in 6 BC at ages 74 (Calbertia) and 75 (Spartacus).


Spartacus' persistence in heart and army would go on to inspire other slaves, including American slaves, to strive for hope and freedom. Also, Spartacus' revolt recorded him in history as the youngest military leader in world history.

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