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Instead, they created a public official, called the tribune of the people, to champion their interests generally. But their primary tasks were to curb the power of the consuls, who were chosen from the Senate, and to ensure that their power within the constitution was not unlimited. From that time forward these two magistracies became ever more hostile and antagonistic toward each other, with the Senate and the people taking sides. Each believed that they could dominate the other by increasing the powers of their own magistrate.
Arming themselves with clubs and daggers that they took from travelers, they took refuge on Mount Vesuvius. They were joined by fugitive slaves and a few free men from the countryside and began raiding the nearby areas under the leadership of Oenomaus and Krixus, once gladiators, now Spartacus’ lieutenants. Since he divided the spoils equally among all his men, Spartacus quickly attracted a great number of men to his side. The first man sent against him was Claudius Glaber, the second, Publius Varinius.
For his part, Spartacus tried to make a break for the Alps in an attempt to join the Celts on the other side by tracking along the Apennine mountains, but one of the consuls anticipated the move and blocked his path, while the other consul pursued him from the rear. But Spartacus turned against them in successive strikes and defeated each in turn. The Romans beat a hasty and confused retreat from the spot. Meanwhile, Spartacus sacrificed 300 Roman prisoners of war as an offering to Krixus’ departed spirit, then marched on Rome with 120,000 infantry.