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.
Review: '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 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
Author Information: STEPHEN
DANDO-COLLINS is the author of Nero’s Killing Machine: The True Story
of Rome’s Remarkable 14th Legion (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.
I. Staring Defeat in the Face.
II. Impatient for Glory.
III. Savaging the Swiss, Overrunning the Germans.
IV. Conquering Gaul.
V. Invading Britain.
VI. Revolt and Revenge.
VII. Enemy of the State.
VIII. Broken Promises.
IX. The Race for Durrës.
X. A Taste of Defeat.
XI. The Battle of Pharsalus.
XII. The Sour Taste of Victory.
XIII. The Murder of Pompey the Great.
XIV. The Power of a Single Word.
XV. The North African Campaign.
XVI. Caesar's Last Battle.
XVII. Mark Antony's Men.
XVIII. Philippi and Actium.
XIX. In the Name of the Emperor.
XX. Knocked into Shape by Corbulo.
XXI. Orders from the Emperor.
XXII. Objective Jerusalem.
XXIII. The End of the Holy City.
XXV. Last Days.
Appendix A: the Legions of Rome, 30 B.C.-A.D.
Appendix B: The Reenlistment Factor.
Appendix C: The Uniqueness of the Legion Commands in Egypt and Judea.
Appendix D: The Naming and Numbering System of the Roman Legions.
Appendix E: The Title "Fretensis".
Appendix F: Imperial Roman Military Ranks and Their Modern-Day Equivalents.
Appendix G: Sources.