The Battle of Vesuvius was a battle between the Romans, first led by Praetor Publius Varinius and then by Praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber, and the Rebels, led by Spartacus. The battle started in Monsters and ended in Wrath of the Gods.
PreludeFollowing the release of Ilithyia, she returns to Capua and is questioned by her husband as to where the Rebel base was. He only gets little information from this that doesn't help. As Glaber plans with Ashur, they both agree it would take months to cover the forest region of Vesuvius which they are certain Spartacus is. Glaber reveals what Ilithyia told him and Ashur deduces the location, they are at a temple at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Now with the location known they go to prepare their army of an assault.
However, Glaber is met with fellow Praetor and rival, Publius Varinius, who has been formally dispatched by the Senate to crush Spartacus as Glaber's efforts have proven in vain. Glaber unintentionally mentions the location of where Spartacus is in their ensuing argument with Varinius stating that he will go crush the villain while Glaber should return to Rome.Seppia ,Glaber's lover, has discovered Glaber is the one who killed her brother, Seppius and strikes at him, with him only to be saved by Ilithyia. The two reaffirm their love for another and Ilithyia manages to convince Glaber to forget what the Senate has ordered and go crush Spartacus himself.
Rebels vs. Army of Publius Varinius
After a day of celebration at the Vesuvius Temple, the Rebels are alerted by their signalman that an approaching Roman force is upon them.
Spartacus gathers the Rebels together in preperation of the battle. Spartacus claims that the Roman army is led by Gaius Claudius Glaber and tells them of how Roman tactics work before announcing that they will show them their tactics and claim victory.
A large host of Romans moves silently in the woods approaching the Temple. They are then ambushed by a group of Rebel archers, led by Mira, before being struck by Crixus, Agron, Donar and Fulco. This ambush sees many Romans killed, but their numbers are still far greater, leading Crixus to announce a fall-back to the Temple. In giving Mira and the archers time to escape, Fulco is cut down by one of the Romans. Crixus, Agron and Donar then make their way back to the Temple.
Elsewhere, the Roman command is being met with a messenger from the force that was ambushed by the Rebels, claiming that the Rebels are retreating. Before any command is given, they too are ambushed by Spartacus and Gannicus. Spartacus and Gannicus are quick in dispatching the Romans and Spartacus takes hold of their commander, who, is not actually Glaber, but another Praetor, Publius Varinius.
The Romans regroup and arrive at the Temple. As they jump over the walls, they are attacked once again by the combined efforts of Crixus, Agron and Donar whilst also being from the Temple's rooftop by Mira and The Veteran. After enough Romans have swarmed into the temple, Crixus gives command for Naevia, Lugo and Nemetes to appear and rain arrows upon them. The other Rebels then appear and begin to strike down the Romans.
Spartacus and Gannicus then arrive at the Temple, Varinius captured by them. As the Romans still hold numbers, Spartacus has Varinius surrender forcing the Romans to drop their arms. The Rebels cheer in victory as their defence had held. Crixus grabs hold of Varinius, claiming vengeance on the death of his fallen comrades. Spartacus says Crixus will have it, but first demands to know where Glaber is.
Varinius smiles as in the distance a catapult launches a devastating stike upon the temple. The army of Gaius Claudius Glaber has arrives, raining down fire from its siege weapons causing much death and destruction at the Temple.
Rebels vs. Army of Gaius Claudius GlaberVarinius attemtps to overpower Crixus, however, Crixus gains the upper hand and throws him into the line of fire of one of the catapults fire, killing him and leaving half of his face incinerated.
The walls of the Temple are broken down and Glaber's army, led by The Egyptian, makes its entry into the Temple. The Rebels are forced into battle once more. Gannicus and Ashur clash, Oenomaus takes on The Egyptian, and the Rebels fight valiantly in defence.The Roman numbers, however, are too much for the Rebels to bare. Oenomaus becomes gravely injured by The Egyptian, his right-eye removed, but his life is saved by Gannicus. Giving command for the Rebels to flee into the Temple to escape through their underground tunnels, Spartacus, Crixus and Agron block off the path into the Temple with fire. Glaber and Spartacus lock eyes as the Rebels attempt their escape.
Following the Rebels escape from the Temple, they are ambushed by more Romans. Camila, the Rebels' medicus, is killed by a Roman spear. The Rebels are forced to flee up to the top of Vesuvius, despite their being no other way off.
Salvius, Glaber's officer, arrives back at the Temple explaining the Rebels have escaped to the mountain and that many of their soldiers were killed attempting to chase them. Glaber then remarks that the battle will have an intermission, his intention to let the Rebels spend weeks upon the mountaintop starving, before launching his attack and "kill them all".
Skirmish at the Mountain Path
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Retaking the Temple
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Glaber gathered a force of 3,000 men, not as , but as a "picked up in haste and at random, for the Romans did not consider this a war yet, but a raid, something like an attack of robbery." Glaber's forces besieged the slaves on , blocking the only known way down the mountain. With the slaves thus contained, Glaber was content to wait until starvation forced the slaves to surrender.
While the slaves lacked military training, Spartacus' forces displayed ingenuity in their use of available local materials, and in their use of clever, unorthodox tactics when facing the disciplined Roman armies. In response to Glaber's siege, Spartacus' men made ropes and ladders from vines and trees growing on the slopes of Vesuvius and used them to down the cliffs on the side of the mountain opposite Glaber's forces. They moved around the base of Vesuvius, outflanked the army, and annihilated Glaber's men. Glaber is not recorded in the sources after that battle.