Caesar's Legion

  • by Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 legionnaires, 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 excellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.


What the Critics Say

"Written in a readable, popular style, this book is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization." (T.R. Fehrenbach, author of Lone Star)


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You should really be interested in the topic first

If you are interested in Roman military history -- REALLY interested in Roman military history, than you have found an ideal audiobook. Essentially, this book is the military history of the Roman empire told through the exploits and history of the 10th Legion. The book does not really concern itself with the details of individual life in the Roman military, as much as it concentrates on battles and key events (where the legion went, where they were placed on the battleline, which unit broke first), with almost half of the book devoted to the Legion's history under Julius Ceaser. Given the high level of detail, it is remarkably well-narrated and engaging, but it is difficult to imagine that someone uninterested in the subject will want to listen to the whole thing, since the strategies and methods of many of the battles is similar (the 10th was usually on the right flank, etc.) and there is very little mention of the non-military history of Rome to spice things up. In short -- great as Roman military history, very good for people interested in the history of the Roman world, and only okay for people interested in general history.
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- Ethan M.

You Need Not Be A Scholar . . .

. . . to enjoy this book.

I'm a phase reader. Typically, something will spark my interest in a particular historical person or period, and I'll read several books on the topic before some other spark leads me elsewhere.

In a classical history phase, I listened to "Caesar's Legion" in its entirety, without my interest waning. The details of everyday life in a Roman legion, its recruitment, training, chores, etc. is balanced by the great events and personalities of the time.

I think it can be more difficult sorting out some of the similar sounding names and places of the classical period without the visual cues of print, but I don't mind not having an exact grasp of incidental geography (northern Egypt or western Armenia is good enough) or an assured understanding of each and every proconsul and tribune of the period.

Purists may be put off by a lot of the speculative description the author employs--"Pompous Hubris would have jumped to his feet and rushed to wall for a view of the enemy's approach, barking out a string of orders as he ran"--but he rarely goes beyond this sort of likely human behavior.

The narration, like a lot of others I hear, seems like it may be problematic at first; but as usual (for me, anyway), after 10 minutes, or so, it becomes unobtrusive ... and by the end, you can't imagine any other voice reading the story.

This is not a dense, scholarly tome. A general reader, with an interest in the period, or one just passing through the epoch, should enjoy it quite a bit.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.