The Parthian – an ancient adventure by Peter Darman

‘The Parthian’ is a tale of love, honour, war, glory and loss set in the Spartacus slave revolt in Italy in the first century BC.

‘The Parthian’ is a unique account of the Spartacus slave revolt as seen through the eyes of a young Parthian prince: Pacorus, a member of the royal household of Hatra, an ancient city between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Parthian Empire. Captured by the Romans in Cappadocia, Pacorus is condemned to a life of slavery and transported to Italy. But he is rescued from a cruel fate by a band of escaped gladiators on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. The leader of the slaves is a Thracian called Spartacus and thereafter he and Pacorus forge a mighty army that shakes the Roman Republic to its core.

Combining historical accuracy with exciting narrative, ‘The Parthian’ follows the exploits of Pacorus and the slave army as they inflict a string of defeats on the Roman army as they march through Italy. But the slave army is riven with divisions that threatened to tear it apart, especially the antagonism between Pacorus, the commander of Spartacus’ horsemen, and Crixus, the fiery leader of the Gauls. Their intense dislike of each other eventually leads to the division of the slave army, which has dire ramifications for Spartacus.

But while Pacorus is glad to see the back of one Gaul another becomes central to his fate. The fiery, beautiful Gallia intoxicates him and slowly the Gaul princess warms to his charms. They both decide to stay by Spartacus’ side when the slave army reaches the Alps in northern Italy but refuses to disband. The decision is made to march on Rome itself. But in the eternal city Rome’s most power figure – Marcus Licinius Crassus – decides to take the field against Spartacus. Thereafter it is a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as the slave army seeks to stay one step ahead of Crassus. Can Pacorus save his men and the woman he loves before they are cornered by Crassus and his legions?