Famous Spartacus

The Great Slave Revolt!

Background Info:

  • Romans relied heavily on slave labor.
  • Slaves helped out with the farming and were part of the family household.
  • Greek slaves were tutors, musicians, doctors and artists; but all slaves helped in the household.
  • Slaves also built roads, aqueducts, and other structures.

Causes of the slave revolt.

  • Their conditions were not good.
  • They may be part of the family household but many were not treated well.
  • One Roman writer said it was easier and cheaper to work the slaves to death rather than treat them well and keep them healthy.

Spartacus' Slave Revolt

Results:

  • Freed thousands of slaves
  • Died because he tried to do something good like many other people
  • The slave result did not do much impact