Spartacus had not only escaped the trap but had mauled the Roman army, allowing his troops to march to the Alps.
After defeating another Roman force, this one led by a Roman governor named Gaius Cassius Longinus, Spartacus’s force was now free to climb the Alps and go to Gaul, Thrace or other areas not controlled by Rome.
This was more than a century before it erupted and, in Spartacus’ time, the mountain was actually covered with vines and had fertile farmland nearby.
On their way, Spartacus and his co-leaders, Crixus and Oenomaus, raided for supplies and recruited slaves in the countryside.
Spartacus’s own men probably vetoed him,” writes Barry Strauss, a Classics professor at Cornell University, in his book (Simon & Schuster, 2009).
“In the past, they had never wanted to leave Italy; now success might have gone to their heads and aroused visions of Rome in flames.”He notes that other factors may also have been involved.
While at the school, Spartacus helped organize a breakout that led to more than 70 gladiators escaping armed with knives, cleavers and other makeshift weapons they got from the kitchen.
One of the people Spartacus escaped with was his wife, a Thracian woman whose name is lost to history.
When the Romans fled, the slaves seized their camp,” Plutarch wrote.
This success resulted in new recruits flocking to the force of Spartacus.