Legions of Rome

Legions of Rome : The Definitive History of Every Roman Legion


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No book on Roman history has attempted to do what Stephen Dando-Collins does in Legions of Rome: to provide a complete history of every Imperial Roman legion and what it achieved as a fighting force. The author has spent the last thirty years collecting every scrap of available evidence from numerous sources: stone and bronze inscriptions, coins, papyrus and literary accounts in a remarkable feat of historical detective work. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 provides a detailed account of what the legionaries wore and ate, what camp life was like, what they were paid and how they were motivated and punished. The section also contains numerous personal histories of individual soldiers. Part 2 offers brief unit histories of all the legions that served Rome for 300 years from 30BC. Part 3 is a sweeping chronological survey of the campaigns in which the armies were involved, told from the point of view of particular legions. Lavish, authoritative and beautifully produced, Legions of Rome will appeal to ancient history enthusiasts and military history buffs alike.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 196 x 234 x 48mm | 1,301.8g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849162301
  • 9781849162302
  • 43,125

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About Stephen Dando-Collins

Stephen Dando-Collins is a novelist and historian. He is the author of several highly acclaimed works on ancient history including Cleopatra's Kidnappers, Nero's Killing Machine, Mark Antony's Heroes, Caesar's Legion and, most recently, Blood of the Caesars. He lives in Australia.

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This is a pretty comprehensive book. It has information on the men of the legion, their status. Though I would've liked more information on how they achieved each status and what it meant and gave them. Dando-Collins then goes on to discuss the legions and Rome's battles. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in or studying Roman history as well as people interested in ancient military.show more
by Meredith Gown