Although Sinuesse's food supplies are running out and Cilican pirate captain Heracleo can't promise enough (except wine) even at premium prices, Spartacus orders to admit new slaves, after screening for undercover Romans, a group of which fails to force the gate. Young Caius Julius Caesar manages to pose as a escaped shepherd slave and wins the confidence of dishonest schemer Nemetes. thus he discovers and fuels dissension in Spartacus's camp, yet causes only the slaughter of most Romans and doubt in Crixus's mind whether Spartacus should still be obeyed. In the fortified Roman army camp, Crassus decides the 'cowardly' retreat of Tiberius's men requires the harshest exemplary punishment to instill terrorized obedience: decimation. Tiberius's loyal officer friend nobly decides against a plea for exemption with Crassus, who ends up ordering even his son to draw a lot, but it's the officer who actually suffers beating to death at shattered Tiberius's hands. Written by
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When Tiberius learns that a large number of Crassus' men were sent north, Sibinus was unaware of what purpose they were meant to serve. More than likely these men were the "secret batch" that were sent to dig the large trench on the mountains which serves to trap Spartacus at a later point in time. See more
Gaius Julius Caesar II, know to history as simply Julius Caesar, was indeed a ward of Marcus Crassus but did not fight in the Third Servile War or "The War of Spartacus". While it is possible that he assisted in this war, nothing in history records him doing so. Most likely he was included because of his fame brings a well known historical character to the story. See more