Caesar's Legion

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-11-09

Caesar's Legion

I felt this was an excellent book, extremely well researched and superbly written. The narrator (Stuart Langton) was also excellent. The book does concentrate on the 10th Legion's early years which is unsurprising and tells the story of Roman legionnaires well. I would have liked more information about the 10th legion's later days as post Caesar & Augustus the portrait does become decidedly broad brush. This is however a minor quibble but is probably a testament to just how good the rest of the book was, leaving me wanting more. It is certainly in a class above the time traveller guide to Middle Ages which I am listening to at the moment. The scholarship, writing style and narration in this book are decidedly top class whilst our medieval friends are more of the semi-pro league.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elspeth on 25-03-12

Good read, but a few errors.

Interesting read, at times gets you into into the thick of things and trundles along at a decent pace and content. However the style of writing, especially throwing in relatively modern terminology and ranks into the context of the Roman empire is wrong and very out of place particuarly in the audio format. If you can stomach triremes being called battleships and members of the Roman armed forces being called Colonels you will enjoy it. If that will be irritating to you you will need to resist the urge to thump the author for a decently written book, spoiled by the writing philosophy behind it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mike on 31-03-11

caesar's legion

The strength of this book is that it gives a real insight into how the mighty roman military machine actually worked. It helps to put some personal perspective as well as factual detail into the epic of roman history.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By james on 08-04-12

A fascinating "listen", packed full of facts

Centered mainly around the X Legion's time with Caesar in Gaul, the Civil War and in the Jewish Revolt the narrative is well constructed. It lacked the "daily life" detail I expected but still provides a huge amount on the Roman Army in battle and particularly their dogged determination and ingenuity in sieges. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By C. D. Turner on 07-06-11

Good history

Interesting to follow one Legion through the late Republic and then the Empire, would have been better if modern terms for rank and types of ships had not been used, and some of the parrelells drawn with WWII, are questionable and do not add to the story. But a great book and a good listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trebor on 16-12-17

Excellent

I enjoyed listening to this.
It brought the scenes to life.
Anyone interested in The Roman Empire should
have a listen.
Recommended.

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