Roman Slavery, Gladiators, & the Spartacus Revolt


reading questions:


1.       What rights did slaves have during the Roman Republic?

2.       Why were slaves freed [manumitted]?

3.       What were the two different categories of slaves?  Which category was "better?"  Why?

4.       How were gladiators recruited?

5.      Why would a free man want to become a gladiator?

6.       Why did the slaves revolt in 73 B.C.E. under the leadership of Spartacus?

7.      Why did this slave revolt fail?