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In Capua, a city that once rivaled Rome, Spartacus trained as a gladiator. We can still see the traces of the amphitheater where he fought, before revolting against Rome (73-71 BC). Subsequently, the Romans constructed a magnificent amphitheater (one of biggest of the Roman Empire) that we can explore today, including its hypogeum. Original drone footage reveals both amphitheaters in the Campania landscape. Join us now for Episode 5 of the 8 part series of the Via Appia, from Rome to Brindisi. Capua was a prominent city whose conquest coincided with the expansion of the Via Appia. Here’s a chance to look at some of the famous monuments of the city: 2 amphitheaters and a Hadrianic- era arch.

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Cite this page as: Darius Arya, The American Institute for Roman Culture, “Via Appia: Episode V, Capua – Where Spartacus Trained and Revolted” Ancient Rome Live. Last modified 01/19/2023.


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