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Revolting slaves or revolting Romans?

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Presented by Dr Sarah Midford

Spartacus famously led a slave revolt against the Roman Empire during the late Republican period, but less well known are the reasons for the uprising, or that this was the third of three slave revolts between 135 and 71 BCE. This talk looks at Roman treatment of slaves and the extreme measures taken by military commanders to subdue the slave threat to Rome – including the crucifixion of 6,000 slaves at the end of the Third Servile War and the lasting effects of the rebellions on ancient Roman slavery.

Dr Midford is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. Sarah has a research background in Roman war commemoration and imperialist propaganda during the late republican and early imperial periods. Her current research focuses on cultural connections between antiquity and the modern world and the cultural impact of war in history, literature and commemorative processes. Sarah is currently researching how classical allusions have been used in the construction of Australia's Anzac legend.

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