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Battle of the Siler River
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Conflict:

Third Servile War

Date:

71BCE

Place:

Silarus River

Outcome:

Decisive Roman Victory
End of Third Servile War

Combatants

Rebels

Romans

Strength

Around 6000 soldiers

18,000:
6 Legions
4 Consular Legions

Casualties

5500 killed 100 escape and 400 crucified

~8000 killed

  [Source]

The final battle of the Third Servile War, historically known as The Battle of the Siler River was a battle that happened between Spartacus and his rebels and Marcus Licinius Crassus and his soldiers. It takes place in the episode Victory.


BattleEdit

Spartacus came up with a plan of battle. Knowing his forces were far smaller than Crassus' he had a trench dug, between the two forces. Spartacus raced further in and then stopped to wait for the Romans to fall into his trap. As
Silver River.!

Roman Soldiers falling into Spartacus trap.

the Romans raced forward, many soldiers fell into the trench, impaling themselves on the spikes. Spartacus then commanded his archers to shoot towards the romans, killing several, yet Crassus orders to form Testudo. The Rebels yet rise bridges hidden in sand, towards the Romans, desingtegrating the Testudo and beginning the battle.

Crassus commands Catapults and Ballista towards the rebels killing them aside many romans. But Gannicus arrives leading the rebel cabalery and infantery, taking control of ballistas and avoiding the romans to use the catapults.

OutcomeEdit

  • Victory for the Romans.
  • Naevia, Saxa, Castus and Lugo died on the battlefield alongside many others.
  • Spartacus fights Crassus and almost kills him, when he is speared three times by Crassus' men, mortally wounding him.
  • Spartacus later dies, surrounded by a small bunch of Rebels.
  • Gannicus was captured by Caesar and other Roman soldiers, then crucified, along with RabanusKraynos, and Litaviccus, and many others, who were also captured during the battle.
  • The remaining rebels escape, going north towards the Alps.

TriviaEdit

  • The Siler River is located in the south-western Italian region of Calabria, where the historical final battle of the Third Servile War was decided. 
  • Choice of the writers to geographically relocate the Battle of the Siler River in northern Italy may have been intentional, so as to make the survival of the remaining slaves in Spartacus' army more likely, if they were able to reach the Alps instead of being cornered by Roman forces in southern Italy.

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