By: Nick Janardanan
Media Literacy: A Vital Skill in the Twenty-First Century
“They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and, above all, gambling filled up the horizons of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” This passage reflects today's life through the lives of millennials. Millennials are so addicted to the Internet and social media, that they are living in a delusional state where their lives will pass by them before they even know what happened. We get so wrapped up in the nuances of Becky's breakup that we miss the B 15 bomber that just crashed outside of our households.
The vast majority of slaves in Spartacus' army were inspired to fight after witnessing Spartacus' victory over Glaber. Gaius Claudius Glaber was a very strong leader and the Roman Army's commander. The fact that Spartacus was able to beat him and his troops in battle with only a small poorly-thrown-together militia was enough to inspire tens of thousands of gladiator-slaves to fight alongside such a great leader as Spartacus.
Spartacus and his slave army pillaged Italy for two years during the Third Servile War, but in the end their attempts were in vain. They were overcome, in the end, by Crassus and his 8 roman legions who all came to ensnare and kill Spartacus and his troops. Knowing this was coming, Spartacus' troops launched a full-on attack on the legions, but unfortunately for them, they were unable to emerge victorious. This defeat lead to the transition of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.