|Funeral Games of Crixus|
|Date||Late 72 BC|
Around 150 Roman legionaries killed
Around 150 Romans killed
|following event||Crucifixion of Lucius Olidus|
The Funeral Games of Crixus was an event that took place after Spartacus' victories over Gellius Publicola and Cornelius Clodianus during 72 BC. They involved gladiatorial fights between 300 pairs of Roman soldiers the rebels took prisoner.
The rebels searched for Crixus' body near the Garganus mountains where he was killed, and retrieved it along with most of the 20,000 rebels who died with him, and later cremated them. Spartacus had Crixus' body cremated last for every rebel to witness. Sources say he took the death of Crixus as an example of what could happen to him if hubris overtook him.
His death caused Spartacus to become more cautious, and more hostile towards the Romans, less forgiving.
Around 500 of these soldiers were put into match pairs and forced to fight as gladiators. The others were forced to fight Spartacus, Gannicus, Castus and other professional gladiators. Spartacus sacrificed them “to the shade of Crixus”.