- Apr 2011
- New Jersey
I agree with the general point of your critique, but modern views on what makes a bandit or whether one is right to be a bandit should not matter much here.We have no idea if he was an army deserter. Its just as likely he was pressed into the auxillary and fled which would hardly be considered desertion in the modern context.
Also calling him a bandit is silly. The Romans consider a slave rebelling or escaping a criminal offense when in modern eyes it would be seen as a virtue. Would you consider Harriet Tubman or Nat Turner bandits. Of course not.
We also have no idea what Spartacus intended to do or what his motivations were. It is surmised that he wanted to continue raiding Italy because he didnt cross the alps when he had the chance, it is equally possible that he found the alps too imposing and his lands to far away to make an attempt
Not to mention is army was probably 90% italian and greek (Spartacus being more Greek than "barbarian" as well) shepards who would prefer to stay in their homeland rather than risk a trek into barbarian territory.