Spartacus'sstruggle, often interpreted as an example of oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning oligarchy, has found new meaning since the19th century. The story of Spartacus has also proven inspirational to many modern authors of literature, history, political commentary, film, andtelevision.
Balkan tribes, including the Maedi
The ancient sources agree that Spartacus was a Thracian. Plutarch describes him as "a Thracianof Nomadic stock". Appian says he was "a Thracian by birth, who had once served as a soldier with the Romans, but had since been a prisoner and sold fora Gladiator". Florus (2.8.8) described him as one "who from Thracian mercenary, had become a Roman soldier, of a soldier a deserter and robber, andafterward, from consideration of his strength, a gladiator". Some authors refer to the Thracian tribe of the Maedi, which in historic timesoccupied the area on the southwestern fringes of Thrace (present day south-western Bulgaria). Plutarch also writes that Spartacus's wife, a prophetess [continua]
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