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Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus' gladiators are to stage a fight to the death. On the night before the event, the enslaved trainees are "rewarded" with female companionship. Spartacus' companion for the evening is Varinia (Jean Simmons), a slave from Brittania. When Spartacus later learns that Varinia has been sold to Crassus, he ...

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Jan 25, 2009

Inspiring Classic

In general, growing up in a fortunate lifestyle, we often fail to appreciate what we have and forget that while our worries may be due to materialism, technological luxuries, social pressures, etc, in the past, people struggled to just survive. Vital struggles, I like to call them.

Classical films may lack the dazzling special effects and vibrant colors, but the stories don't lack luster whatsoever. Spartacus, the most famous slave of his time, recognized the injustice of his existence and took stands for the rights of humanity. People may deem him as foolish for going up against something so big, but it just goes to show that any little move can have a huge impact.

Great for Latin classes too!

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