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Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus The Elder, Conqueror of Germania Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Lindsay Powell is a historian, media communications professional and writer who has a passion for the military history of the Roman Empire. A graduate of The University of Aston in Birmingham, England, he is a veteran of renowned The Ermine Street Guard re-enactment society. He is a regular feature writer and podcaster for Ancient Warfare and has written for Military Heritage magazine.

Lindsay is currently working on a new book for Pen and Sword about Drusus the Elder's son, and Rome's most popular general, Germanicus.

He divides his time between Austin, Texas and Wokingham, England.

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  • File Size: 4290 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (October 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B1KU7E
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LINDSAY POWELL is a writer for Ancient Warfare and his articles have appeared in Military Heritage, Desperta Ferro and Strategy & Tactics magazines, as well as on His books have been published by Pen and Sword and Osprey Publishing. He is a member of the Classical Association and the Historical Writers' Association, and a Friend of The Vindolanda Trust.

He is a historical detective motivated to uncover and tell the stories of the under-reported personalities and events of history in the belief that they deserve to be told if our knowledge and understanding of the past is to be complete. A historian, researcher and writer by training and vocation, Lindsay has a particular passion for the military history of the Roman Empire. He scours ancient documents, inscriptions, coins and museums for stories, and archaeological, engineering, medical and scientific reports to reveal deeper truths.

His new book for Pen and Sword is MARCUS AGRIPPA: RIGHT-HAND MAN OF CAESAR AUGUSTUS. It is the first book in English since 1937 to describe the life and achievements of this crucially important figure in Roman history. "The contribution of Marcus Agrippa to Augustus' success cannot be understated. In many ways he is the unsung hero," says Lindsay, "but it was clear from my research that he intended it to be that way". Why is the great mystery explored in the book.

He began writing EAGER FOR GLORY when researching the Battle of Teutoburg, AD 9, and learned of the critical role Nero Claudius Drusus (Drusus the Elder) played in establishing the Romans' presence in Germania Magna. He was astonished to find there was no book about him. EAGER FOR GLORY: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror or Germania is the book he had hoped to find. "I think readers will be very surprised," he says, "at how important this relative of Augustus was in the formation of the early Roman Empire. He was a successful military commander, a gifted governor, a daring explorer, and a monumental builder. He was a loving husband and father, and a man admired by friend and foe alike. In this book I hope to have restored him to his rightful place in the eventful story of Ancient Rome".

The life of Drusus the Elder's son is the subject of Lindsay's latest book GERMANICUS. "Germanicus Caesar was Rome's most popular general who expunged the shame of the 'Varian Disaster' at Teutoburg in AD 9," says Lindsay. The book tells the story of how he was suddenly thrust into prominence, put down a mutiny of the Rhine legions, led military campaigns in Illyricum and Germania Magna, and earned a reputation as a formidable court advocate. Lindsay examines the possible causes of his mysterious death in Syria and follows the tragic fate of his wife and children. "GERMANICUS tells a compelling tale which inspired generations of painters and playwrights down the centuries and is told for the first time in this new biography," says Lindsay.

Writing COMBAT: ROMAN SOLDIER versus GERMANIC WARRIOR, 1st CENTURY AD enabled Lindsay to dive deeper into the German Wars he described in EAGER FOR GLORY and GERMANICUS. Working with acclaimed illustrator Peter Dennis, the author/artist team have produced a dramatic and visually exciting account of the battles at Teutoburg (AD 9), Idistaviso (AD 16) and Angrivarian Wall (AD 16), seen from the perspective of soldiers on both sides of the battlefields.

Connections between the present and the past also fascinate him. Combining a researcher's skill at finding unexpected connections in everyday events and a historian's knowledge of source material, in ALL THINGS UNDER THE SUN: How Modern Ideas are Really Ancient, Lindsay takes a clear eyed and often witty look at modern times through the longer perspective of ancient history and reveals that, as the old adage goes, 'all things under the Sun, there's nothing new'. "Human societies have faced many of the same problems before," says Lindsay, "and if we're smart, we'll learn from the Past and pick the solutions that worked - and avoid those that didn't."

Lindsay divides his time between Austin, Texas and Wokingham, England.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By GySgt Red Millis USMC (ret) on July 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of this work and within a short time discovered to my immense pleasure, that I actually had two superior works in one volume!
While the title and primary subject of the work is of course the first comprehensive biography written on Drusus The Elder, the bonus contained between its covers is that the author, Lindsay Powell, has also included a very good historical account of not only the subject, but his times, culture and associated events connected to him!
This dual representation makes this work even more valuable for historians or even those with a casual interest in the period.
The author's style is light, comprehensive and immensely readable making both works I have read by him serious "shelf keepers".
This work deserves a five star rating and is highly recommended.
GySgt D.A. "Red" Millis II USMC (ret) Curator, Marine Corps Legacy Museum
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By STJAustin on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to this book because it promised to tell an untold story. And what a story it turned out to be! The Romans considered Nero Claudius Drusus one of their all-time greats, and reading this book you can see why. Lindsay Powell brings evidence from the ancient world and pieces together the story of this little known Roman's life. The book is brim full of information about Drusus' life and times. The author seems to have meticulously researched his topic and it shows because the book is crisply written and easy to read. I especially liked maps that really help to bring the story to life.

It's wonderful to be able to read about a real flesh-and-blood Roman hero, rediscovered and vividly brought back to life. Between the antics of the Roman imperial family, the politics, great building projects, the adventure, two wars, a medical mystery (which he solves) - even a ghost makes an appearance - it's a great non-fiction story and 'must have' book!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are names from history which always spring readily to mind even if we may not correctly remember the relevant dates or deeds - Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun and so forth. In all my years of hearing such names in whatever context, I have never previously heard of Drusus the Elder. On reading this book, two thoughts occurred to me. The first is that I really do not understand why his name is not as widely known as any other from ancient history. Certainly his achievements are worthy of such acclaim. My second is that, somehow, I rather fancy I will be hearing his name again and again in coming years now that this important job of research is published.

Drusus the Elder. Perhaps, you also heard it first here - in this book!!!

Described as the "... most important Roman who has not been written about - until now," Drusus was stepson of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, through marriage. His exploits included successful, and very daring, military campaigns by land and sea which expanded the Roman Empire as far as the River Elbe in Germany and supervising one of the largest military infrastructure developments of the time. He even married Marc Antony's daughter Antonia with whom he fathered the Emperor Claudius and Germanicus who became Rome's most popular general.

And yet, he somehow remained a footnote to the many historical documents which testified to his achievements and greatness. To me that is something akin to reading a potted history of WW2 where Churchill is only mentioned right at the very end as an afterthought.

As an historian who spends countless hours immersed in research, I am able to recognise dedicated investigation wherever I see it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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This is a very interesting book about one of the less well known members of Augustus' generals: his stepson Drusus the Elder. One commentator wondered why he was not better known, at least in our times. In addition to the loss of almost all contemporary sources (most of the ones we have are written at least a hundred years after the facts), Drusus never became Emperor, unlike his stepfather Augustus (who, technically, was "Princeps", not Emperor) his brother Tiberius, or his son Claudius. In addition, he died young and his claim to fame as the "Conqueror of Germania" was somewhat overshadowed by Varus' disaster (the Teutoburg battle where 3 legions were lost) and his eldest son's achievements that won him the title of "Germanicus" some 20 years latter.

I had mixed feelings after having finished this book. As other commentators have mentioned, Lindsay Powell has tried to make much with little. This can be seen as a quality - the ability to write a whole story although there is not much detail about his character in the sources - but also a defect because the book includes a lot of padding to make up for the lack of specific details about Drusus' achievements. Having said that, the book is meticulously researched, makes very good use of archeology and offers several fascinating glimpses into this early period when what we know as the Roman Empire was starting to be established. One of these is to show that, after Actium, whole areas needed to be pacified (Northern Spain), conquered (Northern Alps - Rhetia, Illyria and Noricum), or administered (the Gauls) and that Octavius/Augustus and Rome had their work cut out to do so.
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