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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable Fourteenth Legion

Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable Fourteenth Legion

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By (author) Stephen Dando-Collins

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 6 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470046384
  • ISBN 13: 9780470046388
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 351,213

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The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire-a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca. Numbering less than 10,000 men, the disciplined Roman killing machine defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with only 400 Roman losses-an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the title ""Conqueror of Britain."" In this gripping book, second in the author's definitive histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to life, offering military history aficionados a unique soldier's-eye view of their tactics, campaigns, and battles.

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STEPHEN DANDO-COLLINS is the author of Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome, Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar, and Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Made an Emperor, all from Wiley. He is an Australian-born researcher, editor, and author who has spent the last three decades identifying and studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars.

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The Saga of the Most Celebrated Legion of the Early Roman EmpireIn Nero's Killing Machine, the second in the author's definitive histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to vivid life. Drawing upon thirty-two years of research, he traces the legion's steps as they were wiped out while in the army of Julius Caesar, then reformed only to be savaged again. For decades the men of the 14th would struggle to regain their lost status, slowly climbing back to glory before eventually claiming a legendary victory over Britain's Queen Boudicca, despite being vastly outnumbered. Uncovering new information about the legionnaires' lives and Roman military practices, Nero's Killing Machine is military history at its finest.