Spartacus: Behind The Myth

Spartacus - Behind The MythTwo thousand years ago, the Roman Empire was the strongest and most powerful assembly of people on Earth. In the year 73 BC, they boasted the greatest army in the ancient world, but their army was to be taken down many times over by Spartacus – an unlikely hero who achieved an extraordinary feat that would be remembered in history for decades to come. Spartacus: Behind the Myth is a fascinating one-hour special that unveils the truth about the man who is still a legend to this day.

Unearthing intriguing new details about his origins, ingenious tactics and mysterious death, the information detailed in this documentary goes way beyond the man who was made famous by Kirk Douglas’s 1960 feature film. Combining special historical research with stunning dramatizations, find out how just one man, who lead a small band of lowly slaves that grew from 70 to 100,000, struck fear in the heart of Rome when he came close to crushing the mighty Roman Empire.

Questions about Spartacus’s origins will be answered, and new information about his slave army will be revealed by a team of leading experts who include a top psychological profiler, US Special Forces, ancient archaeologists, and historians. They will share insights to unravel the true character of this freedom fighter who took on the ancient world’s greatest power.

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19 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Bodd

    Shockingly simmilar to Gladiator... oh Russell...

  2. Joaz

    Spartacus led a nation wide revolt, Maximus did not

  3. Phoenix

    Really good feeling doc on a legend. Nice battle Sequences.

  4. Jelena

    I am very sorry that I couldn't see this doc.Even after 100% buffering on play again it had a problem with buffering every 3 seconds.Very sorry!

  5. Vlatko

    The doc is running smooth. It is on your end @Jelena.

  6. gero2006

    Okay. Watchable but nothing special. Highly speculative. Would've liked to know what sources the commentators were using as a basis for their statements. Also I do not agree with the last speaker who claims that "we know where he was coming from" and that "we know what he stood for". I'd have said that was precisely what we do not know.

  7. Right Hook

    My kind of Man, True or Not! Did they just compare him to DR. King? MLK was as passive as you can be.

  8. yea

    wheres the vid? There's nothing.. it just says part 1, Part 2.

  9. marcosanthonytoledo

    I loved the documentary on Spartacus but you make the same mistake of naming the volcano Vesuvius at that time it was named Suma and was bigger then the Romans didn't know it was a volcano other than that a very fine and informative program thanks.

  10. Vince Axworthy

    id like to know where they pluck numbers like 100,000 and 70,000 from.
    It sems to me that the romans (and i guess most 'victor' historical writers) always vastly over state numbers in these battles, its like hannible suposedly killed 70,000 at cannea, and how many were in battle with bodica -i could go on & on.
    I cant see these histroic records as being newhere near correct!!

  11. Tadg McLoughlin

    One of the most boring historical docu's made >Manages to take one of the most dynamic characters in ancient history and with aid of computer graphics, narrators and so called historical experts turn what should have an inspiring saga into a rather irritating hour of historical inaccuracies.

  12. Chris Clyne

    Found a series called Warriors on youtube and it's 1st episode is Spartacus. Not too bad.

  13. Joanna Hopkins

    several nits to pick, if they can afford to research Spartacus' background and historical context they should have paid more attention to detail, Roman helmets are wrong, at that time they wore the Monefiorino type, Roman men were not bearded, minor details I know, but details that should have been got right.

  14. tariqxl

    Loved the tribute the narrator paid to him at the end saying that Crassus had failed to become the legend that Spartacus is today.

  15. MalOdour

    So G W Bush, Blair, et al won't be up there with him?

  16. Ray Castagnaro

    And while we're at it, if they are so motivated to find out who a guy 2000 years ago really was, why can't they find out who the guy currently occupying the White House really is?

  17. Tony

    You're absolutely right. The numbers are probably extremely skewed. I too, doubt that Spartacus held 100,000 men in an army. If this was the case, there is a good chance he would have conquered Rome itself.
    Remember, chances are, the people who wrote the records of these wars were Romans. The people of Rome were known to be overwhelmingly proud of their culture and society, hence, their records are to be bias in their favor.
    If Rome's records held the truth that, say, Spartacus' army was only 30,000 men, Rome would not be as glorified as a result of winning a battle in which they largely outnumbered their opponents. So, Rome instead would lie, and say Spartacus has a number advantage, and Rome was the superior force due to skill rather than numbers. But we know this can't be the case. It's just not sensible that one man can round up 100,000 men in such a short period of time, compared to Rome, where as Crassus, the Imperator, only had 40,000. The only evidence we have is simply bias hearsay with the sole attempt to exaggerate the "glory" of Rome.

  18. Ryan Holden

    We know who the guy occupying the white house is, go get educated.

  19. Steve Orpin

    Really? Who paid for his education? What were his grades? What did he do in college aside from taking drugs? What are his actual religious beliefs? Has he renounced the Marxism that he espoused as late as when he ran for State Senator? Did he ever get re-naturalized after being a passport-carrying an Indonesian citizen? When and how did he change his last name back from Soetoro to 0bama? No one seems to remember any of these things. If you know, please do tell.

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