Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga Of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion And The Armies Of Rome

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Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga Of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion And The Armies Of Rome

Format:  Paperback,

336 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Sep 2004

ISBN-13: 9780471686132

ISBN-10: 0471686131

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A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar's Legio X-arguably the most famous legion of its day-from its activation to the slogging battle of Munda and from Thapsus, Caesar's tactical masterpiece, to the grim siege of the Jewish fortress of Masada. More than a mere unit account, it incorporates the history of Rome and the Roman army at the height of their power and gory glory. Many military historians consider Caesar's legions the world's most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder. This book shows why. Written in readable, popular style, Caesar's Legion is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization.
--T. R. Fehrenbach, author of This Kind of War, Lone Star, and Comanches

Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionaries, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion. From penetrating insights into the mind of history's greatest general to a grunt's-eye view of the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age, this unique and riveting true account sets a new standard of exellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.

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Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Sep 2004
ISBN-13: 9780471686132
ISBN-10: 0471686131
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 471686131

Chapter outline

Atlasp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Author's Notep. xv
Staring Defeat in the Facep. 1
Impatient for Gloryp. 6
Savaging the Swiss, Overrunning the Germansp. 13
Conquering Gaulp. 24
Invading Britainp. 30
Revolt and Revengep. 50
Enemy of the Statep. 65
Broken Promisesp. 76
The Race for Durresp. 90
A Taste of Defeatp. 98
The Battle of Pharsalusp. 113
The Sour Taste of Victoryp. 130
The Murder of Pompey the Greatp. 138
The Power of a Single Wordp. 144
The North African Campaignp. 149
Caesar's Last Battlep. 165
Mark Antony's Menp. 179
Philippi and Actiump. 183
In the Name of the Emperorp. 195
Knocked into Shape by Corbulop. 205
Orders from the Emperorp. 217
Objective Jerusalemp. 224
The End of the Holy Cityp. 238
Masadap. 258
Last Daysp. 265
The Legions of Rome, 30 B.C.-A.D. 233p. 269
The Reenlistment Factorp. 273
The Uniqueness of the Legion Commands in Egypt and Judeap. 277
The Naming and Numbering System of the Roman Legionsp. 281
The Title "Fretensisp. 285
Imperial Roman Military Ranks and Their Modern-Day Equivalentsp. 287
Sourcesp. 291
Glossaryp. 303
Indexp. 309

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A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar's Legio X-arguably the most famous legion of its day-from its activation to the slogging battle of Munda and from Thapsus, Caesar's tactical masterpiece, to the grim siege of the Jewish fortress of Masada. More than a mere unit account, it incorporates the history of Rome and the Roman army at the height of their power and gory glory. Many military historians consider Caesar's legions the world's most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder. This book shows why. Written in readable, popular style, Caesar's Legion is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization.

—T. R. Fehrenbach, author of This Kind of War, Lone Star, and Comanches

Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionaries, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion. From penetrating insights into the mind of history's greatest general to a grunt's-eye view of the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age, this unique and riveting true account sets a new standard of exellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.

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