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Plus an oddly Old Western font for the title. Unfortunately, the book does not live up to the promising cover art.

Koestler’s tale covers the slave rebellions of BC, led by Spartacus, a gladiator. The historical events were sensational enough in their own right.

The army of slaves, eventually growing to more than , survived events such as a siege inside Mount Vesuvius to defeat Roman legions and capture several towns. Rome did not take the uprising seriously at first, but eventually was forced to send out armies led by Crassus and Pompey to crush it. Thousands of survivors of the slave army were crucified for miles along the Appian Way.

He uses this theme to tie together a trilogy that includes The Gladiators published inDarkness at Noonand Arrival and Departurethree books on different topics, but all about aspects of revolutions gone wrong. He frequently interrupts the action for the characters to engage in long conversations about economics, unemployment, and government.

These allusions end up seeming anachronistic. View all 10 comments. But it reminded me of how tiny is espartaxo number of slaves of whom anything whatever vladiadores known. I myself know the names of just three slaves—Spartacus himself, the fabulous Aesop, who is supposed to have been a slave, and the philosopher Epictetus, who was one of those learned slaves whom the Lox plutocrats liked to have among their retinue.

All the others are not even names.

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Spartacus, I suppose, is much the most widely known slave there ever was. For five thousand years or more civilization rested upon slavery.

I think there is a moral in this for pacifists. View all 3 comments. This is a deeply disturbing novel about the failure of mass revolutionary movements. It contrasts the conscious self-interest of privileged elites with the self-interest of the masses and observes that there is one fundamental ‘law’ that gladiasores beneath the surface of the facades of ‘order’ and ‘patriotism’, namely the fatalistic assertion of the leader of the fierce and melancholic Celts, the gladiator Crixus, that the law is simply, “Eat, or be eaten”!


Every ideal of human progress is puncture This is a deeply disturbing novel about the failure of mass revolutionary movements. Every ideal of human progress is punctured in this often underrated novel, yet, as asserted in the chapter in which ‘the man with the bullet-head’, an Israelite Essene, inspires the Thracian gladiator Spartacus with a vision of universal justice from the latter Jewish prophets, the tattered loz of this defeat is reminiscent of the Christian version of a death on a cross that was also to lead to some final victory over brute nature.

And Spartacus, at the end of the book, walks post-mortem, like a resurrected Jesus, among the devastated; his vision they refuse to let die.

Based upon the historic revolt of BC this event was one of the great revolutions of ancient history, a slave revolt that threatened the power of the Roman empire; a revolt that if it had succeeded would have mirrored the triumph of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in Lenin’s favorite character in history is said to have been precisely the gladiator of the school in Capua, Spartacus, who emerged as the primary commander of the slave forces; however, the real leader, in Koestler’s novel, is the gladiator without espartac or ideals, ‘the man with the seal’s head’, Crixus.

Crixus is the expression of vengeance as justice and indulgence as the compensation for privation and exploitation, understanding that the rich and the powerful always win in the end so the only sensible response is gladixdores take everything you can while you can.

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It is an ignoble, even ignorant, attitude, but the cynicism espartaaco the fat, equally self-indulgent and also deeply unhappy Roman banker-become-general, Marcus Crassus, quite reflects Crixus’ own.

In a scene of a pre-‘last battle’ interview between Crassus and Spartacus, the latter actually notes even the physical resemblance between the rich man and the proletarian slave-gladiator which of course is a recognition of kindred motivation, the union of ‘eaters’ from ‘above’ and ‘below’, so to speak.

There is plenty of mayhem in this book but essentially it is for those who are willing to ask questions about base human nature and live with the results. The characterizations are finely drawn, complex and varied, and the novelized history is fascinating.

Lo que nos cuenta. Crixus est sans fond.

Et que dire du traitement des femmes! Bel libro politico, scritto alla fine degli anni trenta da un comunista antistaliniano. Scrive di rivoluzione e, soprattutto, di rivoluzione impossibile senza tradirla. Questi due ultimi vengono da Koestler considerati insiti nella natura umana e quindi nucleo l Bel libro politico, scritto alla fine degli anni trenta da un gladiadorees antistaliniano.

Espartaco es el Che Guevara de un siglo antes de Cristo. Llegaban labradores, pastores, jornaleros, esclavos y hombres libres por igual.

Es una manera de imaginarse a Espartaco y compararlo con los locos revolucionarios de hoy. En 73 avant J. Scrupuleuse En 73 avant J. Tells the story of the Spartacus rebellion in Koestler’s dry yet gripping style.


Koestler’s vision on the doomed-to-fail nature of armed rebellion, no matter how just the rwbelion as well as the chronicle of the demise of the idealism that fuelled it are classic. Far more enjoyable a read than Darkness at noon.

Read this book in the Spanish version published by “Circulo de Lectores” ages ago. It’s a terrific book about the development of social ideas and movements revolutionsthe politics involved, etc.

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It could be considered a premonition of the failure of Communism and the reasons behind it. And it not only applies to Communism but to any other political structure from the past and as things go by, from the future. Interesting take on the story. Now to re-read the next one in the trilogy – Darkness at noon – which I read in college. So many of the factors that Crassus mentions are very applicable now.

This made me wonder when the wage slave rebellion will start and how will it end? A polemic imagining of the Spartacus wars, written fron within the rebels’ camp. It drips with sweat on parched skin, cut and slashed with swords and bringing the Iron Age to the twentieth century amud revolutions and world wars. The Gladiators is a philosophical novel focused on Spartacus and his failed uprising.

A thoughtful read, with a strong political commentary that unsurprisingly relates very much to issues of today.

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He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria.

His early career was in journalism. In he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in and in published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noonwhich propelled him to instant international fame. Over the next forty-three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays.

In he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages. He committed suicide in in London. Books by Arthur Koestler. Trivia About The Gladiators. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.