The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated military unit of the early Roman Empire. After participating in the A.D. 43 invasion of Britain, the legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion led by Britain's Queen Boudicca. Numbering less than 10,000 men, the disciplined Roman soldiers defeated 230,000 rampaging British rebels, slaughtering 80,000 while incurring only 400 lossesan 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 a unique soldier's-eye view of their tactics, campaigns, and battles and exploring the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age. Based on his thirty-two years of painstaking research into the Roman military, Nero's Killing Machine paints a striking portrait of daily life in the legion as it traces its storied historybeginning with the disastrous day in 54 B.C. when, led into a trap while serving under Julius Caesar, the legion was wiped from the face of the earth.
You'll see how, for decades, the legion struggled to regain its lost status, treading a blood-soaked path and slowly climbing back to glory by fighting first under Germanicus Caesar against Hermann the German, then under Gaius Suetonius Paulinus against Queen Boudiccavastly outnumbered but determined to preserve honor if not life as it went down fighting. You'll also gain new insights into the lives of the legionnairesmen who, hardened by years of rigorous training and rigid Roman military discipline enforced by often brutal centurions, merged into a close-knit, chillingly efficient killing machine.
Filled with previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Nero's Killing Machine is a riveting, eye-opening history of the men who made Rome great.See all Editorial Reviews
good book for military history buffs. I don't know much about the Roman legions, and this is a good introduction to the topic.Published 3 months ago by Peter Farnham
I am a novice enthusiast of Ancient Roman History and I found this book quite interesting. I found his writing style to my liking. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Douglas Pacella
I don't like the title, at 1st it's misleading, makes you think it's about Nero, but it's about the entire life & history of just the 14th Legion, from beginning to it's end & it's... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by R. Spencer
Very well written. Gives brilliant context in terms of actually what happened. History of the legions are of particular interest. A must read for any Roman Legion buff.Published on December 30, 2012 by Shehryar
I thought that I knew everything about the Roman Legions but I was mistaken. This is the best book on the Roman Legions that I have ever read.Published on August 13, 2012 by Francis KW Ching
Not a single line is sourced and so I consider Dando-Collins' work to be historical fiction. For all of his supposed research in the field, he should know better, too, than to... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by R. Smith
This book, along with Caesar's Legion, just make you want to have lived during the time of the Legion. The historical detail in these two books are richly packed for the reader. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Michael D. Castle