from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Spartacus Died 71 B.C. Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt in Italy (73-71). He defeated Roman armies in southern Italy, but his forces were crushed at Lucania (71), where Spartacus was killed and many of his troops were crucified.
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- proper n. a Thracian name, notably borne by a gladiator, who was one of the slave leaders in a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic
From Latin Spartacus. (Wiktionary)