Historical evidence only gives the name Spartacus as the name of the 1st century B.C. Thracian slave and gladiator who led an uprising against Rome known as the Gladiatorial War. He was born around 109 B.C. in what is now the modern-day Balkan region.
Historical evidence suggests that early on in his life, Spartacus may have been in the Roman army. At some point in his life, he was enslaved and sold to a gladiatorial training school in Capua, north of Naples. He escaped from this school with 78 other slaves around 73 B.C. and took refuge near Mount Vesuvius, where other escaped slaves began to join him. The numbers grew until an army of 90,000 to 100,000 runaway slaves, led by Spartacus, began a revolt known also as the Third Servile War. This army was eventually defeated by the Roman politician and general Crassus.