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Third Serville War

The third major uprising of slaves (Latin: "servi") in the Roman Republic, from 73 to 71 B.C., the war of the gladiators and other slaves led by Spartacus is known to history as the Third Servile War. Unlike the prior two slave uprisings, which had occurred in Sicily, among agricultural laborers, the Third Servile War broke out with the uprising of Spartacus and his fellow gladiators on the Italian mainland, within a week's march of Rome, and threatened the social order not just of a single, isolated province, but of the entire state.

The Third Servile War was the largest and final act of internal resistance to Rome's gradual transformation from a democratic republic of small farmers and tradesmen into an imperial project of military expansion and economic exploitation. The Third Servile War demonstrated the nearly complete reliance of the Roman citizenry on the now-professionalized legions for the functioning of the late Republic's slave-based economy, and paved the way for the transformation of the Republic into an Empire ruled by those commanding the legions which maintained order.

Historically, Spartacus, Crixus, Oenomaus, Gannicus and Castus were all leaders/major forces behind the 3rd Slave
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A scene from War of the Damned showing one of the battles in the war.

revolution of Rome. The Fate of the real Spartacus, as well as his real name have never been fully known.

In the seriesEdit

Spartacus and his rebels began the rebellion in Kill Them All, killing Batiatus, and many Roman nobles. Spartacus was very much motivated by revenge and saw it half fulfilled with the death of Batiatus.

The rebels then began to terrorize the city of Capua, killing many Roman soldiers sent after them and in the process, gathering weapons and well needed supplies. Eventually new instated Praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber is commissioned with destroying the rebellion.

In the interim of the final decisive battle between Spartacus and Glaber, Spartacus destroyed the arena and gained two former champions as allies; Gannicus and Oenomaus, while Glaber commandeered thousands of militia from Seppius and Ashur's special forces.

With Crixus, Gannicus, Oenomaus, and Agron at his side, Spartacus was ready to face Glaber, yet instead he encountered and obliterated Varinius' forces. While Crixus had Varinius in a position to be killed, Glaber brought his forces, armed with catapults, to force the rebellion out of their temple and into the mountains.

After losing his lover, Mira, Spartacus became inspired and made a plan to defeat the Romans. He ordered his men to make ropes out of vines so that a few men could rappel down the mountain and weaken Glaber. He choose his highest ranking men for the task; Agron, Crixus, and Gannicus, whilst leaving Oenomaus to lead the remaining rebels and flank Glaber.

After numerous bloody deaths and the loss of one of the commanders of the rebellion; Oenomaus, Spartacus and his men retook the temple and defeated Glaber's forces with Spartacus taking final vengeance upon Glaber. With this first major victory, Spartacus promised fellow commander Crixus that they would turn their forces into an army.

They began with liberating the mines of Lucania. Spartacus, Crixus, and Gannicus fought side by side eliminating all legions sent after them, including Scrofa on the banks of the Calor. The senate dispatched Cossinius and his Tribune Furius to end the rebellion however, they prove no match for the rebels who had many victories against them. The Senate soon saw the rebels were a threat and had ask Crassus for aid, promising crassus a position under Cossinius and Furius but crassus secretly gave the rebels the location of the two. Taking advantage of the information Spartacus, Crixus, and Gannicus launched an ambush on their villa, cornering and killing them in a bath, while Agron led a distraction force away from the battle sight in order to scatter their forces.

The senate became desperate and gave full command to Marcus Crassus who employed the help of Julius Caesar. Together these men truly challenged the rebellion for the first time. After a series of events that caused a rift between Crixus and Spartacus, including infiltration by Caesar, the alliance and betrayal of the pirates and Naevia's bloodlust, they finally came to an understanding that would lead them on separate paths.

Crixus enjoyed many victories across Rome before making it to the city where he faced the legions of Crassus whom he fought well but the roman numbers overwhelmed him and [Tiberius]], under command of Crassus, killed Crixus and ended his rebellion. Spartacus, enraged, captured Tiberius' forces and made them fight his gladiators to the death, while holding a funeral for Crixus.

During the final days of the rebellion, both Gannicus and Spartacus knew that the rebellion was coming to an end. Spartacus convinced Gannicus to become a leader and help him give the innocent slaves a chance to escape to freedom.

On that final day, Spartacus and Gannicus lead their separate forces against a common enemy. While Gannicus killed many Romans and defeated Caesar, he was cornered by numerous soldiers, knocked out and crucified while Spartacus and Crassus had a one on one battle in which Spartacus won, only to be impaled three times from behind with spears, before being able to finish Crassus. Crassus moved to end him, expressing his respect for the Thracian, but Agron rescued him and allowed him to have a death surrounded by all the people alive he still cared about.

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