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Legions of Rome: The Definitive History of Every Imperial Roman Legion

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Thecomplete history of every Imperial Roman legion and what it achieved as a fighting force, by an award-winning historian

In this landmark publication, Stephen Dando-Collins does what no other author has ever attempted to do: provide a complete history of every Imperial Roman legion. Based on thirty years of meticulous research, he covers everylegion of Rome in rich detail
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Bruce Hesselbach
Everything you could possibly want to know about the legions of imperial Rome is contained in this wonderfully complete and readable book. You can see the insignias on the shields of each legion and read its complete history from the time of Augustus to the fall of Rome. Major battles and campaigns are also described in a way that breathes life into the events of the past.
It always puzzled me as to why Rome would want to conquer Dacia, when the Empire's obvious natural border was the Danube.
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Vincent
If you are interested in Roman history, military history or ancient history you will love this book. It has its faults, but overall this is a very useful and satisfying history of the legions. The title itself is a bit of a misnomer. I don't believe it is every legion - it is most legions that have been identified through literature, history, public record, grave stones and the Notitia Dignitatum. It covers some Republican Legions, but it can get a bit confusing.

The book covers the organization
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Burt
This is the first book I bought on the legions of Rome. It's heavy; the type size is ideal for my old eyes; the writing is eminently readable; the illustrations are useful and sometimes both beautiful and enlightening.

I did not find it too very helpful, though. It deals rather well with what Roman soldiers in legions did, but it deals rather poorly with what the legions were, where they came from. It looks like Stephen Dando Collins recorded his research on note cards (not uncommon), but when it
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Geoffrey Sims
Whilst this is a good read, some of the information is either wrong or misleading. This is a trait of other books by Dando-Collins. As a specific example, in information on Legio III Augusta, the book declares the base was Theveste, ancient Timgad in Algeria. In actual fact, the first base was Ammaedara (modern Haidra in Tunisia) later moving west to modern Theveste (ancient Tebessa in Algeria) and finally ending up at Lambaesis near Batna, Algeria. Timgad (ancient Thamugadi in Algeria) was not ...more
Jared Miller
This was an enjoyable read. It has plenty of details and I like how it is organized very much. It is a scholarly resource but the average reader would be able to understand it well.
André
The Legions' 1000 year history in a nutshell. Not bad for a start. For the largest part of the book Dando-Collins concentrates on the 300 years from 30 BC on.
The writing is good. I was interested in the River Rhine campaign that took place in 69/70 AD. D-C shows a nice picture of all sides, even manages to clear a little of the mess that was the fighting between Romans, Auxiliaries, Rebels, Germans, Batavians etc. with troops and Commanders constantly switching their loyalty between Vitellius an
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Jonathan
Very well written and illustrated book on the Imperial Roman legions. Some of the writing sadly seemed more about the Generals/Augustus of the time more so than the legions themselves but all in all a very good work. Contrary to what other reviewers have stated in terms of lack of credit to sources, this is not the case, there is barely a page that goes by without the author crediting someone or something.
Peter Sunlit
Like a long march through the swamps, this book gets bogged down in minutiae. The life of the average legionnaire is fascinating, the stories of some of the battles fantastic. The middle section which give accounts of every legion in history is one for the true believers. This is a long book but, as a history nut, I enjoyed it. The lost legion of the 9th, lost somewhere in the Scottish mist?
Francisco
Totalmente impresionado por el trabajo de documentar 5 siglos de historia de las legendarias legiones romanas. Aqui esta todo, el equipo, las insignias, las batallas y los grandes generales. Disfrute mucho los detalles anecdoticos, que enriquecen la lectura y dan humanidad a una historia que termina siendo triste porque a la larga, todo lo hecho por el hombre es efímero. Incluso Roma.
Kilian Jones
Currently re-reading this book
Still very engaging for me because I can't get enough of roman military history
Very good with lots of details about the roman legions
I wish it would also include the legions is Julius Ceaser and the battles of his time.
Very good book and I think all who like ancient history should at least try reading it
Colin
Another brilliant, magisterial work on the Roman military from Dando-Collins . . . but instead of the "biography" of an individual legion, as in many of Dando-Collins' earlier works, this is a "definitive history" of every imperial legion (note - does not include the Republican legions, sadly).
John Conrad
Beware, This is more of an encyclopedia rather than a book. It has very accurate information but is not a book filled with the Heroic exploits of Romes legions.
Chris Faulkner
Fantastic read on the machine like legions that powered Rome to be a Super Power. I would recommend pretty much any book by this author.
Rick Florio
Excellent book that traces the origin and history of every Roman army legion
Jakob Krejsa
I loved this book it was one of the best history books i have ever read
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