Spartacus

Spartacus

[spahr-tuh-kuhs]
Spartacus, d. 71 B.C., leader in an ancient Italian slave revolt, b. Thrace. He broke out (73 B.C.) of a gladiators' school at Capua and fled to Mt. Vesuvius, where many fugitives joined him. Their army defeated several Roman forces and moved north, devastating S Italy and Campania; Spartacus' aim was a general escape from Italy, but his followers preferred plunder, and in 72 B.C. they were back in S Italy. They took Thurii and got through a cordon which Marcus Licinius Crassus stretched across the "toe" of Italy. Spartacus was killed in a battle with Crassus in Lucania. Pompey, back from Spain, helped annihilate the survivors. Of the captured slaves 6,000 were crucified along the Capua-Rome highway. After the death of Spartacus, 3,000 Roman prisoners were found unharmed in his camp.
The Organization of Communist Internationalists of Greece-Spartacus (Οργάνωση Κομμουνιστών Διεθνιστών Ελλάδας - Σπάρτακος (ΟΚΔΕ-Σπάρτακος) is a Trotskyist group in Greece. It is the Greek section of the Reunified Fourth International, and takes the name Spartacus (Σπάρτακος) from its magazine, which has been in various the name of the Fourth Internationalist journal in Greece..

In the Greek legislative election, 2007 it was a central component in the United Anti-Capitalist Left electoral coalition.

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