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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2006
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In 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.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 15.3 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470046384
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470046388
- Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.94 x 9.28 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; First PB Edition, First Printing (August 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #284,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Dando-Collins is a great writer. His prose is uncomplicated; it flows and readily draws the reader into the storyline with excellent descriptions of important historical figures, campaigns, major battles and military tactics associated with the 14th Legion.
I especially enjoyed the section on the rebellion by Boudicca (around 60 AD). Heavily relying on the historians Dio and Tacitus the author presents in a most interesting way the reasons for rebellion, the weapons and tactics used by both sides, the battles based in Colchester, the resistance by the 14th Gemina Martia Victrix veterans sheltering in the Temple of Claudius and the hard fought victory by General Paulinus at Watling Street or on present-day Warvickshire/Leicestershire border.
This book is a must read for Roman history enthusiasts.
It would be too easy to go on and on about this magnificent book. Rather than do that, let me sum it up by saying this is an outstanding history that is absolutely riveting and very readable. Outstanding!!
All that said, the book is a fun read. It's just not good history.
As for the book itself, both the hardback and paperback versions are well bound and the print is large and easy to read. The paper of both editions will yellow rather rapidly, I've noticed, but that's not a big deal.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the second Dando-Collins read, Caesars X was first.
Very enjoyable, if only history had been taught at school in the interesting way this is written.
I find it amazing what some of these men did in their lives, apart from the wars all the travelling.
Well worth a read, if you like me, want some history but not just facts and figures.
As to the gentleman who mentioned the book was wrong because the XIV was multiple units crossed over...can I say most military units follow a loose attachment to the past, my own can be traced back directly to the unfortunate 7th Cavalry.
Buy it enjoy it and if it is what you like try the legendary X.