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The Final Battle
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Conflict:

Third Servile War

Date:

71BCE

Place:

Silarus River

Outcome:

Decisive Roman Victory
End of Third Servile War

Combatants

Rebels

Romans

Strength

Around 6000 soldiers

18,000:
6 Legions
4 Consular Legions

Casualties

5500 killed 100 escape and 400 crucified

~8000 killed

  [Source]

The Final Battle of the Third Servile War. Spartacus, with the rebels who chose to stay and fight, fought against Marcus Licinius Crassus and his legions. The battle takes place in the episode Victory.

Battle[]

Spartacus came up with a plan of battle. Knowing his forces were far smaller than Crassus' he had a trench dug, between the two forces. Spartacus raced further in and then stopped to wait for the Romans to fall into his trap. As

Roman Soldiers falling into Spartacus trap.

the Romans raced forward, many soldiers fell into the trench, impaling themselves on the spikes. Spartacus then commanded his archers to shoot towards the Romans, killing several, yet Crassus orders to form Testudo. The Rebels yet rise bridges hidden in the sand, towards the Romans, disintegrating the Testudo and beginning the battle

Crassus commands Catapults and Ballista towards the rebels killing them aside from many Romans. But Gannicus arrives leading the rebel cavalry and infantry, taking control of ballistic and avoiding the Romans to use the catapults.

Outcome[]

  • Victory for the Romans.
  • Naevia, Saxa, Castus, and Lugo die on the battlefield alongside many others.
  • Spartacus fights Crassus and almost kills him, when he is speared three times by Crassus' men, mortally wounding him.
  • Spartacus later dies, surrounded by surviving rebels including AgronNasirBelesaAdalSibylLaeta, and the Rebel Mother.
  • Gannicus was captured by Caesar and other Roman soldiers and then crucified along with KoreRabanusKraynosLitaviccus, and many others who were also captured during the battle.
  • A sizable number of rebels are cornered and defeated by Pompey and his legions.
  • The remaining rebels escape, going north towards the Alps. 


Trivia[]

  • The Siler River is located in the south-western Italian region of Calabria, where the historical final battle of the Third Servile War was decided. 
  • Choice of the writers to geographically relocate the Battle of the Siler River in northern Italy may have been intentional, so as to make the survival of the remaining slaves in Spartacus' army more likely if they were able to reach the Alps instead of being cornered by Roman forces in southern Italy.
  • Historically, some surviving rebels were able to settle in the recently re-taken city of Thurii (replaced in the show with Sinuessa en Valle) through unknown means, perhaps by masquerading as Thurii citizens who were killed by the rebels in 72 BC when they invaded the city. Gaius Octavius (father of Augustus Caesar) later sieged the city himself in 60 BC, finding and killing the surviving rebels living there.
  • A large portion of surviving rebels was set upon by Pompey and his legions as they returned to Italy, in the region called Etruria. Easily defeating this small army, Pompey quickly wrote to the Senate of his victory, trying to steal the military glory from 
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