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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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Publisher's Summary

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

    Retired communication studies professor with many interests and particular fondness for histotorical fiction and drama.

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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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    Ben Stein 01-27-17
    Ben Stein 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!"

    Awesome insight into Caesars Campaign in Gaul and Italy. A few mispronounced names and words are the reason performance is 4 stars instead of 5.

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    Noel 11-26-16
    Noel 11-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not about the legions, much less the 10th Legion."

    This is the authors conglomeration of the history of Rome following Ceasar through to emperor Vespasian with some emphasis on the legions, almost as an afterthought to bake the book unique but without significant material that it deserves to be considered the topic of this work.

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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
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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
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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
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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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