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Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome | [Stephen Dando-Collins]

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

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.
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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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    Lloyd Garland, TX, United States 12-22-11
    Lloyd Garland, TX, United States 12-22-11
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    "If you love Roman History, Get it!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Caesar's Legion to be better than the print version?

    No, you get to savor the writing and info slowing and deliberately than when it's read to you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julius Caesar, of course.


    Have you listened to any of Stuart Langtonā€™s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first reading by S. Langston. He did a great job although he butchered the Latin words.


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

    I loved every bit of it.


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    This is first ever book of a Roman legion. Tons of great fun and enjoyment.

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    peter Pound Ridge, NY United States 03-21-06
    peter Pound Ridge, NY United States 03-21-06

    A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.

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    "Caesar ad Infintum"

    My first attempt to read Roman History was disappointing. Any reader who can remember the constantly changing cast of charcaters and associate them with the battles they fought has my admiration. The book recounts battle after battle where legions other than just the 10th legion employed exactly similar tactics with very similar results. The best moments are near the end with the attack on Masada. Repetitive droning, chronological recording of campaign stories. The reader is left amazed at the records the Romans left behind them and the translation work to sift all the detail. I should have read the abridged edition.

    Thew reader's voice helped little.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall I. Cohen 10-14-11
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    "Eh."

    It reads like it was written by Livy. Dry as the Sarah. Not recommended

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    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 01-21-11
    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A little disorganized"

    At times, it seems like a book about the life of Ceasar, at times it seems like a book about the Jewish wars. Sometimes it refocuses on the tenth legion, but seems to forget it for substantial periods. The author was very inconsistent and can't seem to make up his mind about what sort of book to write. Sometimes he seems to take stories from ancient historians without question, sometimes he exhibits a degree of skepticism. Maybe he needs a better editor....overall it was interesting but I can't give it high marks.

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    Cedric San Dimas, CA, United States 12-02-10
    Cedric San Dimas, CA, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected"

    I was hoping to get a treatise on the Roman legion in Caesar's time but instead I got a historical recount of Caesar's legions' whereabouts. It was fine but I did not have the right expectations.

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 10-25-09
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 10-25-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Not an Accurate Portrayal of the 10th Legion."

    Avoid any book by this author. They are terrible. They do not give you a historically accurate picture of the legions. Dando-Collins believes he makes his book more readible by using modern military ranks -- but alas he is truly ignorant of Roman History if he things calling a Legate a General or Brigadier General conveys the accuracy of what a Legate's duties were in the Roman Military. He just muddles the picture. I suspect he does not truly understand the actual function of many of these Roman military titles and by using modern equivalents he loses all sense of how the Roman Army was built and how it functioned. It is sad that someone actually published this garbage.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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