Publius Varinius was a Roman Praetor in 73 BC who suffered several defeats against Spartacus and his rebellion during the Third Servile War. Though the historical record is full of gaps, what is recorded is that Varinius led an army of at least 2,000 men, who were eventually defeated by Spartacus. He also led another army, this time with at least 4,000 men, which was also defeated. Varinius commanded two known praetors in these battles, Cossinius and Fury.
One night, the rebels (which then numbered about 10,000 men, women and children) sacked Varinius' camp, with Varinius narrowly avoiding capture. Historically, Varinius was considered a skilled knight. Varinius had indeed survived the rebellion, as there is evidence that he later served as governor of the province of Asia in 65 BC.