Castus (rebel slave)

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

Castus was a Gallic[1][2][3] slave, who together with the Thracian Spartacus, the fellow Gauls Crixus and Gannicus, alongside Oenomaus, 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[edit]

  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Winkler 2008, p. 222
  2. ^ a b c Bury 1994, p. 331
  3. ^ Strauss 2009, p. 213

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