Spartacus Before Marx
Shaw, Brent D.
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics, November 2005
The story of the pre-Marxian ideology of Spartacus is not without its own peculiar interests. It is a strange narrative prompted both by the birth of a modern analytical, and political, interest in slavery, and in parallel debates over the meaning of liberty and servitude.
There are still a fair number who are old enough to remember seeing the first theatrical showing of the Hollywood film epic Spartacus directed by the then young Stanley Kubrick. A greater stretch of memory is required, now beyond the reach of most, to recollect the heyday of