Hi there, Like an ignorant sod, I had vaguely assumed until quite recently that Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt against Rome, was a Hollywood invention. He defeated several armies sent against him, poorly-trained militia at first but then professional legions. He even attacked and defeated them when they were behind their field fortifications, an unheard-of feat. Surely this was one of the great military achievements in history? Can anyone recommend a good (historical) book on the subject? I have read the novel The Gladiators by Arthur Koestler.