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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

"Thanks in part to modern popular culture, the story of the gladiator Spartacus and his revolt against the Roman Republic is widely known today, but perhaps the most surprising aspect is that it was two years before Rome was able to finally defeat the slave revolt, also known as the Third Servile War. Defeating a slave revolt brought no glory, so the job was given to local militias and lesser forces, all of whom were defeated by Spartacus as he roamed up and down Italy largely at will. By the time the Senate took the threat seriously and sent 10 legions, with more to follow, the Spartacus Army was well used to facing Roman forces in battle. As they stood waiting for the final battle to begin, however, they will have known that this was the full might of the Roman Army, not some poorly-led local force, and that their chances of success were much lower.

A previous set depicting the army of Spartacus assumed the men were dressed as gladiators, when most of the army was made up of liberated slaves and others with little or no stake in society. Such men dressed like any poor Roman, but helped themselves to other clothing looted on their travels or obtained from the defeated Roman forces they came up against. We thought this set reflected that very well, with a wide variety of clothing. Many have the basic staple of a tunica, in this case with a belt, and one man wears just a belted kilt as was worn by many agricultural and mining workers. At least a couple have managed to obtain trousers – a non-Roman item (Romans considered them barbarian at this period) which might well reflect their ethnic background. Finally several have a cloak, a necessary item that herdsmen and others might well have brought with them when they joined as they regularly slept outside in the cold nights …"




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Pauls Bods25 Aug 2018 3:07 a.m. PST

The cream coloured sculpts looked way better
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

Thanks Pauls!…. (smile)


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