Events

First Servile War

The First Servile War of 135–132 BC was a slave rebellion against the Roman Republic. Though noted to be an unsuccessful revolt, the slaves were able to thwart the Roman empire’s efforts to suppress the rebellion for several years. The war was prompted by slave revolts in Enna on the island of Sicily. It was led by Eunus, a former slave claiming to be a prophet, and Cleon, a Cilician (from present-day Turkey) who became Eunus’s military commander. After some minor battles won by the slaves, a larger Roman army arrived in Sicily and defeated the rebels.

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