And as soon as Olivier was out of earshot Laughton turned to me and said, 'I’m sure those are the very areas from which you can be heard.
Early in the spring of 71 Spartacus broke through Crassus' lines but suffered two defeats at his hands in Lucania. Spartacus was initially a member of the Roman army. But Olivier knew that Laughton was going to appear at Stratford in England as King Lear and tried to make up for this atmosphere by giving Laughton a little diagram with crosses on it and saying [mimicking Olivier], 'Dear boy, I’ve marked here the areas on the stage from where you can’t be heard.' Murmillos fought with a broadsword up to 18 inches in length, and used a large shield called a scutum in defense. Spartacus is written into history as a significant enemy who posed a very real treat to Rome. He wasn’t really a fan of not being able to have his life in his own hands, so he fled the army in order to live life as a free man. was a Thracian gladiator who led a slave war in Italy against the Romans. Spartacus not only threatened Rome itself but again defeated both consuls in a major battle in Picenum. And Laughton was delighted. This time, however, could have been used more efficiently if they had dedicated themselves to escaping over the Alps instead. Nothing suggests, however, that the great rebel was looking to promote the abolishment of slavery. 9: The Roman Republic, 133-44 B.C., edited by S. A. Cook, F. E. Adcock, and M. P. Charlesworth; and H. H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 B.C. Here are some facts about director Stanley Kubrick's historical epic. The First Servile War and Second Servile War both took place in Sicily, with the second resulting in a four-year fight between the slaves and Rome. Spartacus with the help of two Celts, Crixus and Oenomaos, led them, forging the motley group into a first-class fighting force.