Castus (rebel slave)
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Castus was a Gallic slave, who together with the Thracian Spartacus, and the fellow Gauls Crixus, Oenomaus and Gannicus, was 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.
In popular culture
- Castus is portrayed by Blessing Mokgohloa in the Starz television series Spartacus: War of the Damned. He is reimagined as a Numidian and depicted as part of a crew of Cilician Pirates. Following his comrades betrayal, he later joins Spartacus' rebellion and goes on to become a prominent member.
- In the Starz television series Spartacus: War of the Damned, Agron (played by Daniel Feuerriegel) is portrayed as Spartacus's right hand man, a fellow escapee from the ludus Batiatus, and the leader of Germanic forces, which may have been more similar to the role of historical Castus than the television character named Castus.
- Plutarch, Crassus 11, 2–3.