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The Escape from the Ludus of Batiatus was an uprising of the seventy gladiators and slaves belonging to Lentulus Batiatus and was the outbreak that began the Third Servile War. The escape was orchestrated by Spartacus, Crixus and the other gladiators.

The rebellion began under two attempts, the first which was foiled and the second that was successful, but killed over 100 gladiators leaving only 78 still alive after the escape. This small force soon grew to over 60,000 rebels, later becoming the greatest slave rebellion known in history.

Participants

Batiatus' Guards

  • Around 60 guards

House Slaves

  • Under 20 slaves

Gladiators

  • Around 200 Gladiators
    • Around 130 killed.
    • Around 73 escaped.

Outbreak

Having endured an increase of brutality from Batiatus and the guards around them, Spartacus plotted against Crixus to escape from the ludus and return to their home lands. Spartacus and Crixus began to fight one another and quickly used the element of surprise, killing the guards who intervened in their acted fight, and their escape began.

While Spartacus opened the gates, Crixus ordered the other gladiators to kill the guards remaining in the ludus. The gladiators make an even fight against the guards, and the soldiers easily fall giving the gladiators more weapons, with minor gladiators being killed. In the end of the slaughter, Batiatus and his family escape with their lives and leave to Rome. Spartacus, Crixus and their small rebellion barge through the gates leaving the ludus covered with the guards and gladiators killed in the conflict.

Aftermath

  • All of Batiatus' guards killed.
  • over 130 gladiators were killed.
  • Spartacus and Crixus lead the slaves away from the ludus and begin their rebellion.

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