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The First Sicilian Slave War

Peter Green

in The Shadow of the Parthenon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255074
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934719 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255074.003.0006
The First Sicilian Slave War

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This chapter discusses the Roman slave revolts of the second and early first centuries bc. It notes that although the first Sicilian is little studied by historians, it contains some unique features, and that its leader, Eunus, was in his own way as remarkable a man as Spartacus. The chapter further notes that the main evidence for the revolt and its background is to be found in Diodorus Siculus. It reports that Diodurus was a Sicilian, from Agyrium; that his account post-dates the revolt by less than a century; and that he may have drawn material from the Greek philosopher and historian Posidonius—himself, like Eunus, a native of Apamea. Posidonius was widely traveled and had an interest in the problem of slavery.

Keywords: Roman slave revolts; Sicilian; Eunus; Spartacus; Diodorus Siculus; Agyrium; Posidonius; Apamea; slavery

Chapter.  8270 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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