Lentulus Batiatus, owner and trainer of gladiators (Lanista) in the 1st century BC Italian peninsula One of his gladiators was the celebrated Spartacus (or by the name of Spartacus as we already know it). It was in his gladiatorial school that Spartacus' rebellion against the Roman Republic, later known as the Third Servile War, began. In 73 BC, Batiatus owned a gladiator training school in Capua, Campania (Italy), which mainly gathered Gallic and Thracian slaves.
According to Plutarch, in his "Life of Crassus", the mistreatment inflicted by Batiato led about two hundred slaves to revolt and an attempt to flee the school. Seventy-five of them succeeded, among them Spartacus, who was to become the main leader of the Third Servile War (73 BC - 71 BC), the biggest slave revolt in Roman Italy.