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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

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"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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  • Patrick
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 01-21-11

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

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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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.

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