Furius and Cossinius can't capture the rebel slaves army, nor properly keep their plans secret. Realizing hiding will be much harder in winter, Spartacus decides to capture a town. First he and a trusted band sneak up to the commanders' hideout villa to slay them. The senate fears Rome itself may be endangered but lacks funds and men to mount a suitably large army. So Metellus turns to immensely rich, ambitious Marcus Crassus, who accepts, to eager son Tiberius's frustration without even negotiating an accordingly exalted status or mandate, and continuous private sparring with a dearly paid gladiator, whom he ends up killing in a fair duel. Spartacus's victory unwittingly plays into Crassus's hand, as he now formally 'inherits' sole command. Written by
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When the Roman Soldiers attack Naevia, Spartacus and the others come to her aid. During the battle she decapitates a Roman's head in one sweep; a subtle nod to both one of her earliest conversations with Crixus and her defeat of Ashur in which she cloved his head in 3 sweeps. See more
Although Roman Legionaries of this period carried a spear (more accurately a javelin) called a pilum, it was a throwing weapon not a stabbing one. Legionaries trained well with them and could throw them hard and accurately enough to pierce an opponent's shield (or an opponent if without a shield) A frontal assault by a single rider would, in reality, only end one way. See more