Spartacus was a gladiator, actually a slave, who fought on arena for his life. He revolted with his fellows against the Roman slavery, he started a fire of a potential civil war across the whole Italy and threatened to raise Roman colonies to fight for their independence. Spartacus turned out to be not only an outstanding leader, an eloquent speaker, and a formidable fighter, but also a great commander, who managed to organize freed slaves and gladiators to stand against the Roman war machine.
This uprising story is deeply dramatic and impressive, and Spartacus name has become a symbol of rebellious pursuit of freedom, justice and fight for human right and dignity.
The spirit of noble struggle is embodied in the sculpture via dynamic composition. Spartacus is depicted at the moment when he raised his fellow gladiators to fight against their slaveholders. He is still in his training tunic, with a trophy sword, rushing to fight his enemies. The wet clothing sticks to his strong masculine body, and the hem is waving in the wind to show the sudden movement, the rapid rush of merciless retaliation.
Under the feet of the warrior are the Roman ruins, which bury a double meaning. Spartacus was the one who shattered the Roman system to its basement, but he was destined to be buried under these ruins, sacrificing himself for the freedom of people.
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