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Wednesday, April 21st, 2004, 07:51 PM

Goran Visnjic (ER) stars in Spartacus, based on the epic tale of one man's leadership during one of history's most legendary fights for freedom.

In 72 B.C., a time when the Roman Empire's brutal force was far-reaching, each conquered country meant new slaves to do the bidding of their Roman masters. Sold into slavery as a young boy after witnessing his father's murder, Spartacus eventually grew up to lead a slave revolt against Rome's powerful generals and politicians. The profound impact of Spartacus' challenge to the Roman Empire in the name of freedom was felt for years to come.

Based on Howard Fast's acclaimed novel, Spartacus was filmed in Bulgaria and directed by Robert Dornhelm from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Schenkkan. The miniseries also stars Alan Bates, Angus Macfadyden, Rhona Mitra, Ian McNeice, James Frain, Henry Simmons, Ross Kemp, and Ben Cross.

Visnjic grew up in Croatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea /Šibenik, Dalmatia to be more precise/. He decided to become an actor at an early age, and later attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. While there, he won three national "Best Actor" awards, including anOrlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony) for his portrayal of "Hamlet" at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. His other theatre credits include Les Fourberies de Scapin, Le Ecole Des Femmes, Miss Julie, Ivanov, The Brothers Karamazov, and Le Baruffe Chizotte.


Wednesday, April 21st, 2004, 07:59 PM
I wanted to watch this Sunday night and forgot about it! :~( Waiting for the repeats to start now.

Friday, April 23rd, 2004, 01:29 AM
Different sources claim that Spartacus was either a captured Thracian (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Thrace) soldier or a deserter who had served in the Roman Army for while. One of the most common theories is that Spartacus fought in the Roman Army as an auxiliary. The auxilary forces were made up entirely of men from captured lands who willingly fought for the Romans.

There are two famous Thracians for the Western Civilization.

Orpheus (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Orpheus) In Greek legend, Orpheus was the chief representative of the art of song and playing the lyre, and of great importance in the religious history of Greece. The derivation of the name is uncertain, the most probable being that which connects it with "dark". "Orpheus" may also possibly be a derivative of "ophruoeis" - which translates to "on the river bank". This may be in reference to his untimely
Spartacus (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Spartacus) Spartacus was a Roman slave who led a large slave uprising in what is now Italy, then the Italian Peninsula, in 73 - 71 B.C.. His army of escaped gladiators and slaves defeated several Roman legions in what is known as the "Third Servile War". Other names for the war include the Gladiator War.
Different sources claim that Spartacus was a Thracian enslaved by the Romans, who led a large slave uprising in what is now Italy in (73 - 71 B.C.). His army of escaped gladiators and slaves defeated several Roman legions in what is known as the "Third Servile War".

Thrace is an area in south-east Europe spread over north-eastern Greece, southern Bulgaria, and European Turkey, and bordered by the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The Thrace area has been under control of many different rulers. Greek colonies were founded in the 6th century BC, the area was ruled by Persia for some 30 years, and later conquered by the Macedonians, the Romans, Byzantium, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Turks. The possesion of Thrace was extremely important for the strategy of the ancient and medieval countries, because it allowed them to start conquering the surrounding areas.