OK, it’s time for the big Spartacus competition to start:

Up for grabs:

2 x signed hardback first editions of Spartacus: The Gladiator;

5 x large format signed paperbacks of Spartacus;

5 x signed paperbacks of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome;

1 x silver Roman coin, from 47 B.C. (value in excess of £60/$90);

1 x steel Roman gladius letter opener; 1 x Roman mug with “Veni, Vidi, Vici” inscription.

Question: What was the name of Spartacus’ co-escapee from the ludus, a man who became his MAIN rival?
Answers (ONE per person) have to be posted on the website, received by email, Facebook or Twitter by midnight UK time on Sunday 15th January.

The prizes will be allocated as follows:
The first name out of the hat gets 1 Spartacus hardback and the coin.

The second name gets 1 Spartacus hardback and the mug.

The third to seventh names each get 1 large format Spartacus paperback.

The eighth name gets 1 Hannibal paperback and the letter opener.

The ninth to twelfth names each get 1 Hannibal paperback.

Ben’s decision on all prizes is final, and the prizes are non-negotiable. You can enter from anywhere in the world – I’ll pay the postage too!



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  1. Ben Kane
    Posted 11 January 2012 at 14:37 | Permalink

    @amrix11/Amber: very glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for your entry, and good luck! I hope you enjoy Spartacus… 😉

  2. Ben Kane
    Posted 11 January 2012 at 14:37 | Permalink

    @Bart: Thanks, and good luck with winning your birthday present! Is it soon?

  3. colboy20
    Posted 11 January 2012 at 16:04 | Permalink

    answer to your spartacus question is CRIXUS it doesnt matter if i win or not as i will still purchase the book.
    but saying that a signed copy by you would be brilliant, good luck with the book im sure it will be a great success

  4. Ben Kane
    Posted 11 January 2012 at 17:00 | Permalink

    @colboy20: Cheers for your good wishes and support, and best of luck in the competition!

  5. neal
    Posted 12 January 2012 at 11:52 | Permalink

    Hi Ben!

    Just wondering….I saw on your events page you planned to be going to the White Horse bookshop in Marlborough but now its off your events list….? I take it this means this one has been cancelled?

    Very much looking forward to new book!!!!!



  6. Ben Kane
    Posted 13 January 2012 at 09:38 | Permalink

    @neal: Yes, sadly the event has been cancelled because the venue that the shop uses has closed down. The shop isn’t large enough to do an event, so they’re a bit scuppered. They’re looking for a new venue currently, and have kindly suggested that I do an event there in the summer. Sorry about that, but hopefully you can come to the one in a few months.
    Glad you’re looking forward to Spartacus! Only 6 days to go now…

  7. Caesar
    Posted 14 January 2012 at 11:59 | Permalink

    The answer to the competition is Crixus. I guess this is not the correct place to post the answer but I am unable to find anywhere else.
    Anyway…On page 584 of The Silver Eagle, Romulus shouts, “Yes! I’m in the twenty-eighth legion.” But Fabiola cannot hear the last three words. (That was a real shame.) Since reading that I have wondered what he would have shouted in Latin. Perhaps you know some Latin, or know somebody who does. What would have been left of the sentence after losing the last three words, in Latin?
    See you on Tuesday, at the signing!

  8. goody
    Posted 14 January 2012 at 16:17 | Permalink

    love your books.
    Answer to your competition question is Crixus. take care,


  9. Ben Kane
    Posted 14 January 2012 at 17:59 | Permalink

    @Caesar: This is the right place to enter. Good luck, and see you on Tuesday! No idea about the Latin, sorry. I never studied it,sadly.

    @goody: Cheers, and good luck !

  10. H
    Posted 14 January 2012 at 20:47 | Permalink

    I think the answer to the competition is Gannacus

  11. Vipsania
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 01:42 | Permalink

    Crixus was Spartacus’ co-escapee and main rival. Excellent prizes!

  12. Kendy
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 08:24 | Permalink

    Answer to question Crixus was the co-escapee .

  13. Kendy
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 08:30 | Permalink

    I have nearly finished reading Hannibal Enemy of Rome, and have also read and very much enjoyed all the Forgotten Legion Chronicles, a fantastic set books which i have recommended to my mates.
    Well done Ben Kane keep them coming please.

  14. Ben Kane
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 09:28 | Permalink

    @Kendy: thanks very much! I hope you enjoy Spartacus as much… 🙂

  15. paul ratcliff
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 23:26 | Permalink


  16. simon1001
    Posted 15 January 2012 at 23:30 | Permalink

    The answer is Crixus!!! Champion of Capua!!!

    I’m from Colombia, a big fan of your books from here ^-^

    Thaks for mention the Temple of Mitra in your book, i really enjoyed to visit it in Rome 😀 (Sorry if my english is not very good enough xD)

  17. Ben Kane
    Posted 18 January 2012 at 05:56 | Permalink

    @Caesar: Yes, this is the correct place to enter. Sorry that you didn’t win, but it was good to meet you yesterday, albeit briefly. As I mentioned, I have no idea what the Latin for that phrase would have been. Sad, I know! Cheers.

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