Glaber, P. Vari'nius
praetor, B. C. 73.
He was among the first of the Roman generals sent against the gladiator Spartacus [SPARTACUS], and both in his own movements and in those of his lieutenants he was singularly unfortunate. Spartacus repeatedly defeated Glaber, and once captured his war-horse and his lictors.
But, although commissioned by the senate to put down the insurrection of the slaves, Glaber had only a hastily levied army to oppose to Spartacus, and a sickly autumn thinned its ranks. (Appian, App. BC 1.116
; Plut. Crass. 9
; Frontin. Strat.
1.5.22.) Florus (3.20
) mentions a Clodius Glaber; compare, however, Plutarch (l.c.