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Spartacus a Communist?

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Trouble is, someone thought up a political philosophy and needed real heroes to justify it, to show that it has a respectable and just origin. The image of Spartacus as a man bravely fighting the state to free slaves and set up some egalitarian utopia free from roman tyranny is about the same as saying that Kylie Minogues music contains an in depth understanding of the human condidtion.


To be fair though, it wasn't just communist polemic that has made spartacus such an icon. Like Robin Hood, or Dick Turpin, a common thief has been given a noble origin and purpose when all they did really was nick things. Romantic fiction really. That said, Spartacus must have been a charismatic guy and he certainly had a fair sreak of daring.

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