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Spartacus, History and Tradition

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ISBN: 978-83-227-9145-5
Description: paperback, 292 pp. (24x17 cm)
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Weight: 545g.

Spartacus, History and Tradition, ed. by D. Slapek, I. Luc, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press, Lublin 2018

Despite the convergence between the title of the conference and the book discussed here, at first glance it is plain to see that this publication constitutes an autonomous whole, as well as an ambitious attempt to capture the issues connected with Spartacus as a historical character, comprehensively, in all their complexity, and also to tackle the difficult issue of the „posthumous works” of the Thracian slave. We must note that researchers on Spartacus are confronted with two ideologies, or maybe two ways of using the hero for propaganda purposes: on the one hand, Roman historiography, and the other, Marxist thought and communist propaganda. We have to admit that, amongst the main figures of the last century of the Republic, the hero of this book, while admittedly not the most important from the point of view of historical events has without doubt the greatest potential for receptions and appropriations’. This constitutes the significance and contemporary nature of the subject of the work. This collection of articles edited by Dariusz Slapek amply fulfils the definition of a authored monograph. We are presented with a thoughtful choice of texts, clearly connected by a distinct guiding thought. The picture of the ancient slave painted by the authors glitters with a plethora of meanings. This is particularly visible in the second period of Late Antiquity. This incredibly interesting, many-faceted look at the Trachian leader shows, almost as an aside, the importance of the co-operation of specialist from various branches but also the openness of the representatives of studies of antiquity to the inspiration flowing from accomplishments within contemporary humanities”.

Dariusz Slapek
International Conference "Spartacus - History and Tradition”
Lublin (Poland) 5-6th June 2017                                                           
Part I. History-Background and context
Petya Andreeva
Stamped with the Seal of the Arena: munera gladiatoria in the Context of Social
Legitimacy of the Roman Elite                                                     
Peter Herz
The Uprising of Spartacus and the Political and Social Conditions within Southern Italy
Pawel Madejski
Turpissimum ',alum servile: Problem of the Roman "Classification" of Wars          
Damian Pierzak
Spartacus as a Point of Reference in Cicero's Orations                                
Part I. History- People and events
Luca Fezzi
Verre contro Spartaco? Un problema aperto                                            
Oleh Petrechko
The Funeral Ceremony and Disunity in the Army of Spartacus                           
Michal N. Faszcza
The Social Perception of the Spartacus Revolt and the Decimation of Crassus Soldiers in 71 BC                                                                 
Part I. History- Roman reminiscences
Dariusz Slapek
Metus Spartacius? A Gladiatorial Episode at the Beginning of the 2nd Civil War in Rome (January, 49 BC)                                                           
Hanna Appel
The Struggle Against Spartacus as an Election Campaign Strategy               
Marek Wilczynski
„Die Ausgeschlossenen* im romischen Gallien and Hispanien im 5. Jahrhundert- baguudae, bacaudae                                                            
Part II Tradition — Early modern evocations and ideological revival
Wojciech Bejda
Spartacus atyches. Why Spartacus Did Not Become Popular in Early Mass Culture (1880s-1930s)                                                                   
Anastasiya Baukova
Spartacus as a Phenomenon of Soviet Mass Culture
Henryk Kowalski
Professor Roman Kamienik - A Scholar of the History of Spartacus                
Malgorzata Pawlak
Spartacus - Evolution of the Hero in the Polish 20th Century School Education   
Part II Tradition — Vitality in culture and art
Krzysztof Krolczyk
Spartacus Posnaniensis
Emilia Twarowska-Antczak
Between History, Ideology and Folklore. A Ballet Rendition of the Fate of the
Thracian Gladiator (Aram Khachaturian, Spartacus)
Krzysztof Antczak
Aestheticisation of Violence. The Cultural Context of the Cinematic Version of the Spartacus History
Maria Engracia Mufioz-Santos
La mujer de Espartaco y la imagen real de la mujer tracia, su trabajo en la rebelion y el concepto de ella en la pelicula "Espartaco" (1960)                      
Guilherme Augusto Louzada Ferreira de Morais
A Rereading through Intertextual Bias: the Representation of Spartacus in the Female
Character Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games
List of Abbreviations and Explanations