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Caesar's Legion Audiobook

Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

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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 legionnaires, 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 excellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.

©2002 Stephen Dando-Collins; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Written in a readable, popular style, this book is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization." (T.R. Fehrenbach, author of Lone Star)

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    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14
    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Caesar's Tenth Legion: Its Triumphs & Discontents"
    What did you love best about Caesar's Legion?

    Learning about how the Legions were actually constituted and how they functioned. Just fascinating.


    What other book might you compare Caesar's Legion to and why?

    The Teaching Company has several series on Ancient History and most of them are excellent descriptions of daily lives of soldiers during this same period. These series compare favorably with Caesar's Legion. These materials complement one another nicely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was struck by how severe Caesar could be when disciplining his troops: Literally killing one in ten of the ranks???? Now that is severe discipline.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible. Too long. Too much to absorb between listening sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent selection.

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    Craig Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-06-11
    Craig Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2013
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    "an excellent historical work"

    This isn't just the story of the 10th Legion. It's also the story of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Marc Antony, Rome's civil wars, and so much more. It's told in an interesting manner, never dry or boring despite its richness of proper sourcing and crediting. I wish more history was told so entertainingly and accurately.

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    Darkcoffee Allen, TX, United States 10-13-09
    Darkcoffee Allen, TX, United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Portrait of a Centuries-long Roman Institution"

    There's not anything new here, but Dando-Collins brings together all the classic authors (Suetonius, Tacitus, Julius Caesar himself, etc.) and re-images the characters and setting based on this amalgamation of sources. We get an excellent storyteller's survey of the rise of Julius Caesar and the creation of the 10th Legion ("Caesar's Legion" of the title) in Spain. The book loses steam a bit after the 10th drops from Caesar's favor after Pharsala (the battle that won the Roman Civil War for Caesar), yet remains interesting enough through the death of Pompey in Egypt. Then there's a dry stretch for a couple hundred years until we get to the Romans in 2nd century Israel, and a rousing finale with the fall of Jerusalem, the destruction of the temple by the Legions, and the scattering of the Jews. It's all great stuff, and will provide a excellent backgrounder for those who want to go on and read or listen to the classic era historians.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia,US 09-02-16
    Amazon Customer Virginia,US 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "solid"

    Interesting perspective on standard history with a focus on several legions and commanders. If you're well versed in Roman history you'll still learn a few new things!

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    Gene 07-16-16
    Gene 07-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listened three times!"

    Love the opening, I really enjoyed the mix of story telling and historical context throughout the book.

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    Dee 05-10-16
    Dee 05-10-16
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    "Legio X is a great read"

    i have read this 4 times now I can listen to it many more. a must for any Roman military lover.

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    Ron 02-09-16
    Ron 02-09-16
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    "Well Done"

    A must listen for any Ancient Rome enthusiast. In depth review of the victories and defeats of the Roman legions.

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    Amazon Customer 06-28-13

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    "Compiles primary sources into a coherent story"
    Where does Caesar's Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was well written, well researched, and well narrated but it runs the risk of fictionalizing history for some purists. The author does a masterful job of placing evidence from various primary sources into a well-designed chronological story but it is hard to tell when he is quoting and when he is imagining how history might have happened. For the scholar, be wary of any dialogue that seem to come too easy but it is still very much worthwhile. For the casual historian, this is the way to read Caesar!


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    Edward Gregory 03-02-13

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    "Legionnaire's delight"
    Where does Caesar's Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is in the top quintile. i loved the specifics on how a legion was created, the development of legion techniques. julius caesar as a character was fascinating and the history i learned was rewarding.
    got it after listening to the history of rome podcast, which i cannot recommend highly enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    a great true story, made the lives of the normal soldier accessible


    What about Stuart Langton’s performance did you like?

    very easy to understand and follow, right pace for an audiobook and no jarring mispronunciations (to my ear)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just sad at the carnage


    Any additional comments?

    just recommend the history of rome podcast, listen to more roman history books!
    loved the book on hannibal and cannae

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    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 02-11-13
    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Fascinating and frequently gripping history"
    Any additional comments?

    Far from being a dry account of dates and battles, CAESAR'S LEGION brings this ancient Roman military force to vivid life by chronicling the lives and adventures individual commanders, centurions, and ordinary soldiers.

    Filled with fascinating details about how soldiers were recruited and trained, and how they lived while on the march, the book focuses on three major periods in the legion's history: the conquest of Gaul and Britain under the leadership of Julius Caesar; the legion's role in the civil wars that ended the Roman Republic and ushered in the reign of the emperors; and the Jewish rebellion and siege of Jerusalem under Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus.

    All three of these campaigns, as narrated by Dando-Collins, are rife with intrigue, political maneuvering, betrayal, battles, and heroism. It made for a very interesting listening experience, and I'm looking forward to listening to another book in this series.

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