The rebel army led by Spartacus has been defeated and captured. Crassus, the Roman general, promises his prisoners they'll not be punished if they give up Spartacus or his body. Spartacus stands up to identify himself and save his comrades from further harm. But before he can speak, Antoninus stands up and shouts out "I'm Spartacus!". And then each of the hundreds of rebels, one by one, stands up in turn shouting out "I'm Spartacus!", "I'M SPARTACUS!", "I'm Spartacus!", "I'm Spartacus!", "I'm Spartacus!" ... over and over and over.
The rebels are spontaneously unified in their willingness to protect Spartacus. They fought alongside him. They support him now that he's threatened. There's a deep, profound affinity and love between them and Spartacus whose mettle and character has been tried, tested, and proven. Who he is inspires his army not only to follow him into battle but also to stand up for him - in a word, to be loyal to him. Especially since Spartacus is ready, unflinching and without hesitation, to give himself up to protect them, their unswerving loyalty to him is even more poignant.
Loyalty. It's a great quality. It's an awesome quality, in fact. It's standing up for someone. It's a deep and enduring stand for friendship. It's being in a relationship for the long haul. It's not checking out when the going gets tough ie when it's expedient to do so. It implies respect and honor, and there's no quarter for betrayal.
I went to the dictionary to look up loyalty. Here's what I found.
From the Cambridge International Dictionary:
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