Spartacus: The Gladiator : (Spartacus 1), Hardback

Spartacus: The Gladiator : (Spartacus 1) Hardback

Part of the Spartacus series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.

In Ben Kane's brilliant novel, we meet Spartacus as he returns to Thrace, ready to settle down after a decade away. But a new king has usurped the throne. Treacherous and violent, he immediately seizes Spartacus and sells him to a Roman slave trader looking for new gladiators.

The odyssey has begun which will see Spartacus become one of the greatest legends of history, the hero of revolutionaries from Karl Marx to Che Guevara, immortalised on screen, and now brought to life in Ben Kane's great bestseller - a novel which takes the story to its halfway point and is continued in Spartacus: Rebellion.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781848093409



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Over the past couple of years I've read a lot of what might be loosely described as Roman adventure or military novels. I'm interested in the era, and the most thoroughly researched and best written novels can be both engaging and informative. All too often though, the authors simply present the reader with a series of repetitive battle scenes. Given that, and the illustration on the cover of this book, I didn't have great hopes of this: I only picked it up as there was a "buy 1, get 1 free offer" on. But I was pleasantly surprised: Ben Kane has clearly taken the time to research his subject thoroughly and writes in a compelling manner. He has put a great deal of effort into character and plot development and - unusually for the genre - the battle scenes are brief. This is one Roman era military adventure novel I'd recommend to anyone with an interest in the period.

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This book covers the early half of Spartacus. Ben Kane is an amazing writer and I thoroughly recommend his work to anybody who is interested in historical fiction. There is an section in the back of the book that lists what historical works he referenced and what he changed from history.

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