Caesar's Legion

  • by Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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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- John

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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- Elspeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-12-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.