Castus (rebel slave)

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Castus
Slave leader
Personal details
Born Unknown
Died 71 BC
Lucania
Nationality Gallic[1][2]
Military service
Battles/wars Third Servile War

Castus was a Gallic[1][2] gladiator,[3][4] and escaped from the gladiatorial school of Lentulus Batiatus in Capua. Together with the Thracian Spartacus, and the fellow Gauls Crixus, Oenomaus and Gannicus, he became one of the leaders of rebellious slaves during the Third Servile War (73-71 BC). He was killed along with his co-commander Gannicus and their Gallic and Germanic followers by Roman forces under Marcus Licinius Crassus at the Battle of Cantenna in Lucania in 71 BC.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winkler 2008, p. 222
  2. ^ a b Bury 1994, p. 331
  3. ^ Strauss 2009, p. 213
  4. ^ Orosius, Histories 5.24.1

Ancient sources[edit]

  • Orosius, Histories 5.24.1-2
  • Appian, Civil Wars 1.116
  • Florus, Epitome 2.8.20

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