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The Spartacus War

By Jayne Hanlin, St. Louis / April 17, 2009



Ancient history does not have to be boring!  Barry Strauss’s latest book, The Spartacus War, is no exception to the way he informs and entertains the reader.  Never condescending, this scholar explains details without intimidation and often with a light-hearted, humorous, and clever touch. If the reader confuses quaestors and lictors and praetors, there is an index to check.  If the reader can’t keep the players in this history straight, there is a glossary of key names. The "Note on Sources," listing works used and of interest for further study, was fascinating.  Strauss has written works on Troy, Salamis, and Spartacus so far.  What will be your next book, Dr. Strauss?  I can’t wait to read it!

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