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

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

  • Title: Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome
  • Author: Stephen Dando-Collins S. Power
  • ISBN: 9780471686132
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 RA 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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    1. Firstly I must make an admission that I am no expect on this area of history. However I do appreciate a good historical account and that is what you will find with Dando-Collins book on the Roman 10th Legion. I have always enjoyed history books covering this period of time and I was prompted to buy this book after reading Major Clunn’s excellent book In Quest of the Lost Legions, which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in Roman history.In Stephen Dando-Collins book Caesar’s Legio [...]

    2. Not the greatest book ever, but I like the subject matter. At least it isn't another biography of a Caesar. The most interesting features are the ways in which contradicts Augustus : The Life of Romes First Emperor, a book I read quite recently.The narrator is good at his job, but his voice grows rapidly annoying. Or maybe not. I'm no longer sure, but I think Suebi the tribe and SueBee the honey are not pronounced the same way. A lot of the pronunciation seems fishy.

    3. An interesting find in downpour (audiobook) sale. A contemporary historical view for a broad audience of a fascinating historical era. Not only about Caesar, but the also the Marcus Antonius/Cleopatra/Octavius mess afterwards and even after that a bit, like the Jewish revolt and the banishment of jews from Jerusalem for the next 1800 years. Epic history! About the golden era of the Roman people. When military and intrigue were the name of the game, and Rome was the first Mega-city and how the co [...]

    4. A moderately entertaining popular history of Caesar's Tenth Legion. Though really it's more an general survey of Caesar's battles in the Gallic Wars and Roman Civil Wars. Following Caesar's death, the book bogs down a little but ends with a very well-told narrative of the Roman siege of Jerusalem and the burning of the Temple.Ultimately though, this book tried to be TOO popular. It attempted what might be called "speculative history" whereby Dando-Collins would frequently state what WOULD have h [...]

    5. I loved this book. Having read many books over the years about Roman history I found Stephen Dando-Collins' interpretation about the tenth legion to be both exciting and detailed.If you think history is boring then this book will change your mind.

    6. Absolutely fantastic read on the day-to-day of the average Roman legionnaire. Incredibly detailed look at how they were raised, trained, paid and eventually retired.

    7. Caesar's Legion is a short history, primarily focusing on the entire life of the Tenth Legion (aka Legio X Equestris) which was created by Julius Caesar in 61 BC when he was the Governor of Hispania Ulterior. Already immersed in a rivalry with Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (aka Pompey the Great), it wasn't enough for him to inherit Legions 7,8, and 9 from Pompey-- he wanted a unit that would bear his own mark and be loyal to him. Dando-Collins traces the story of the Legions exploits, from the early ca [...]

    8. In Caesar's Legion Stephen Dando-Collins provides readers an account of the most famous Roman legion, the Tenth, that both novices and enthusiasts of Roman history can enjoy. Dando-Collins writes in his introduction that thirty years of research went into this book. The wealth of information presented in the narrative and several appendices makes it show. The book also relies primarily on a wealth of classical sources (Polybius, Tacitus, Plutarch, etc.), and Dando-Collins also does well at prese [...]

    9. I’m not sure how to judge this. In places it reads like a teenagers’ book and its findings aren’t substantiated except by a general bibliography; in other places the battles are well traced and the methods by which legions were raised and then, years later, replenished, is a revelation. In one place, for example, the text reads, “Caesar was thoughtful for a moment, looking at the dust-covered faces of the cavalry scouts. (Chapter III).” Really? That reads like a novel. While there is a [...]

    10. Not a bad book to ring in the new year. It wasn't what I had hoped in some ways, thus the 3 star rating. This was a well written book that made for an easy read and I would actually say that if someone were looking for a book on Caesar or Rome in general that this wouldn't be a bad one to have. DC did a decent job of tying everything back around to the 10th Legion somehow . . . after rambling on for a few pages here and there about important people and events that didn't matter necessarily when [...]

    11. 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 ( [...]

    12. As an avid history fanatic, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Caeser's Legion follows Julius Caeser's famous (to history fans) Legio X on a journey from its creation in Iberia to the bloody hills of Jerusalem and Masada. While Collins can seem overzealous in this account, as a fellow fan of history I can fully understand his enthusiasm. He manages to give a compelling, easy to follow account of the Legion's life and battles that is accessible and interesting to people mildly interested i [...]

    13. The author stats that it took about 3 decades to do research for this book. The time span for this book is about 100 years spanning from the days of Julius Caesar to the second Jewish rebellion in the Roman Empire. The book is about the days of the tenth legion and more (7th, 8th, 9th). The historical information is well presented with descriptions of the many battles and the famous conquerors themselves. The book tells about the legion enlistment, days as a legionnaire, and their retirement mor [...]

    14. Fun read, the scope of the book is definitely broader than just the martial history of the eponymous military unit: the author delves deep into the some of the most fascinating portions of Roman late Republic and early Imperial history, mostly focusing on the logistic, tactical, and political angles. My only complain is the overwhelming dedication to historical accuracy when it comes to troop disposition and order of battle. I appreciate the effort, and I usually love this sort of stuff, but for [...]

    15. The reason I can't give this book five stars is really the one thing that makes it readable. As a history book I don't like the "if" factor that kept cropping up every time a "character" was discussed. For example, "If Centurion Crastinus looked to his left he would have seen" For me it loses historical authority or authenticity. I know we can't know if he actually looked to his left, but what was there was there, so just say, "to Crastinus' left he saw" Other than that I really liked the book.

    16. An interesting and enjoyable book that provides a detailed view of some of the major Roman military encounters through the eyes of the 10th Legion. The most detail is devoted to battles of the civil war that ended the Republic. The book is a bit hard to get into at first, but the last 2/3 are quite a bit of fun. One caveat--Caesar's Legion is meant for readers who are fairly familiar with Roman history of this period. I believe the book would be far less enjoyable if one were not already knowled [...]

    17. I haven't read much history of this sort, so the transition between character-driven and fact-driven narratives was difficult. I found what I read to be interesting, but - and this is more a comment on format than the content - I was unable to escape the moral questions that for me permeated the tactical sieges and slaughters that make up the history of these campaigns, and in the end I found that I wanted something other than an appropriately dispassionate history.

    18. If you want to really understand the workings of a Roman legion, from selection to death on the battlefield and camaraderie to military pride, this is the book to read. Caesar ably used the Tenth Legion for his own ends, both military and political, a grim testament to the fact that a soldier's life is sometimes to be used and cast away. When I read this book, the men of the Tenth Legion were as real and vivid as if they were standing before me.

    19. Solid work as an introduction to Julius Caeser.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.

    20. Not a bad book. It was nice in that it didn't turn into a biography of Julius Caeser and instead focused on his soldiers. However, once he died (sorry if that's a spoiler - I wasn't sure if I needed to mark it as such) the book becomes a little rushed. I enjoyed the first 50% of the book much more than the second 50% in spite of the famous battles the 10th participates in during the reign of later Emperors.

    21. this may be a nonfiction title but it reads more like a historical fiction the book is both entertaining and educational. i originally purchased this book when researching a paper on the daily life of a roman soldier for a college history course and thought that it would be a dry read but to my suprise it was actually hard to put down and was not at all like reading a history book

    22. Excellent book on the 10th Legion from its creation to end. Collin's has a way of taking the ancient sources and at times throughout putting you on the ground level of the battles. Unusual for sure given the time period but incredibly effective and entertaining. Well sourced with multiple appendixes as well.

    23. This was an interesting and informative book providing info about Caesar and the Roman Legions. Lacking in knowledge of this time period for the most part . . . It provided a detailed description in an easy to listen to narrative. Now I have base information to add to. The narrator did an admirable job with the names of characters involved. A worthwhile investment of my time.

    24. Great book, and well researched. The only drawback might be the author's occasion lapse into fictional speculation"could have", "might well have said", "one could imagine", but considering the paucity of actual historical records, this can be forgiven.

    25. Very well written, drops into the view point of one of the lead centurions in the legion. From the invasion of Gaul,Britania, to the Civil War of Rome or the sacking of Jerusalem, keeps you interested while learning at the same time, worth reading again, definitely.

    26. somewhat disappointed - the book blurb says it's a definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion - Ceasar's legion. But it's more of a general history of names and dates and battles. Would have liked to have seen more details of the actual men.

    27. The focus is on the 10th legion, but many of the other legions and generals are also mentioned throughout the book. A lot of historical sources have been used to write this book and the author has done a good job of pulling it all together.

    28. Well written. The history of the Tenth Legion is a history of the end of the Roman Republic well into the Empire era. Gives an excellent account of Caesar's Army during the Gallic campaign and the civil war against Pompey. Hard to put down.

    29. The authors did a tremendous job describing the complete history of Rome's elite legion. This story is told as detailed as it can ever be, and a recommended read for anyone who is interested in ancient Rome.

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