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The city was divided in its reaction to Gracchus’ death. Some felt sadness, others joy. Some grieved over their own lot, 21. For “lictors,” see Glossary. The act of breaking the fasces (the rods and staves) was a gesture of defiance toward the Senate and its magistrates. APPIAN 11 Gracchus’ death, and the miserable state of affairs, how there was no longer a constitutional government, only the rule of force and violence. Everyone else, however, thought that their wildest dreams had come true. 22 Gladiators were being trained at Capua for upcoming shows.
10  In accordance with the will of the Senate, some of the praetors and the tribunes of the people, along with the consul Q. Lucretius and some leading men of the state, were sent to Campania to meet me—a distinction that has not been conferred on anyone else but me up to this present time. When I returned to Rome after successful campaigns in the provinces of Spain and Gaul, the Senate decreed that an Altar of the Augustan Peace was to be consecrated on account of my safe return home. This occurred in the consulship of Ti.
The first man sent against him was Claudius Glaber, the second, Publius Varinius. Neither of these men commanded a regular army, but a militia comprised of men levied hastily and haphazardly. The Romans did not believe, after all, that they were facing a real war; they thought that they were dealing with some kind of raiding or banditry. Both Roman leaders attacked Spartacus and lost. In fact, Spartacus himself stole Varinius’ horse right from under him—that is how close the Roman praetor came to being taken prisoner by a mere gladiator.