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Old July 27th, 2010, 05:08 AM   #1

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Ceasar and Spartacus


What did Ceasar do during Sparticus's rebelion??

I havn't been able to find any information on this, i find it hard to believe he did nothing, he would've been junior at the time but i would've expected him to have done something during the rebelion, anyone know what?????
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Old July 27th, 2010, 05:20 AM   #2

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From what I read, there is not a lot evidence suggesting that he took part. Goldsworthy thinks that he was a military tribune.

Yes, Spartacus the movie is bullshit. However, nice actors (Laurence Olivier )
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Old July 27th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #3

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The evidence seems to suggest that he was a military tribune, and he was in Italy during the period of the Spartacus uprising. We have no documentary evidence one way or the other, but it does seem fairly likely that he would have served in the army of Marcus Licinius Crassus that ultimately put Spartacus down. What role he played within that army, if he was in it at all, we have no way of knowing, although some have hypothesized that this may have been when Caesar met Crassus for the first time, and the seeds were laid for what would later become a very profitable partnership.

Personally I am inclined to think that if Caesar was in Italy at the time (and he almost certainly was) then he would have gotten involved in the effort against Spartacus. He was prepared to illegally raise an army and lead it into battle in Asia Minor just to get involved in the fight against Mithridates - and this was while he was still just a private citizen! When he was actually a military tribune it is hard to imagine him not heading straight for the action. Action meant glory, after all, and glory was always good in politics.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:11 AM   #4

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From what I recall of the movie, wasn't Caesar depicted as being a friend of Gracchus? Not really relevant to the OP as movies don't count as a factual historical record, but interesting to speculate.
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IMHO the movie Spartacus was a modern fable purposely about the era of the Hollywood black listing and the House Un-American Activities committee.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 01:33 PM   #6

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Just saw it again for the first time in decades the other day and Ceasar is presented as a friend of Gracchus who becomes a client of Crassus when he engineers for him to become the garrison comander at Rome. Charles Lawton (Gracchus), Lawrence Olivier (Crassus) and Peter Ustinov (roman slaver) steal the show - Ceaser (name escapes me) is as wooden as they come. And yes your theory could well be correct Pedro - I also thought the film was intended as a commentry on contempory social issues in the early 60s but imagined it was intended to support black rights.
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I like how some of the Romans are wearing watches in the film. I'd say this prevented it becoming a timeless classic.
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I like how some of the Romans are wearing watches in the film. I'd say this prevented it becoming a timeless classic.
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I like how some of the Romans are wearing watches in the film. I'd say this prevented it becoming a timeless classic.
I see that now that you no longer occupy the well paying position of moderator that you are forced to purchase your puns from the low bidder.
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I see that now that you no longer occupy the well paying position of moderator that you are forced to purchase your puns from the low bidder.
Most of my watch puns are second-hand!
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