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, 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[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.
  • 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 of 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.

See also[edit]


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

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