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The Three Legions

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The Tribune Claudius Cinna had won glory and the title of "the one savage who pleased Rome," yet he found his triumphant like empty. Arminius, Prince of the German tribe, the Cherusci, "looked more Roman than German," yet he hated Rome and longed to free his people.

The girl, Thessia, did not fear the Roman enemy. "Let them come soon," she said, hating only the filth and c
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 1956 by Random House
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Jane
May 18, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing
This rather obscure book of 50-60 years ago tells of the three Roman legions in Germania in 9 AD under the inept P. Quinctillius Varus. The first part concerns itself with garrison life in their summer camp. Then the legions begin marching to their winter camp and are betrayed by Arminius, the Romanized German. Arminius leads the legions into the deathtrap of the thick Teutoburger Wald and marshland: the Varian Disaster. In attacks lasting three days, the legions are nearly completely destroyed. ...more
Laurentiu Lazar
Feb 19, 2014 Laurentiu Lazar rated it really liked it
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The Three Legions… is about one of Rome’s greatest defeats, the Varian Disaster, where three Roman legions, under the command of General Varus, have suffered a total annihilation at the hands of Germanic tribes, led by Arminius, the Romanized Prince of the Cheruschi. Set upon this backdrop, the story takes off days before the massacre giving deep insights into the world of the legionnaires, while putting a “mark” on several targets, carefully condensing upon their lives – their innermost thought ...more
Keith Currie
Jan 02, 2014 Keith Currie rated it really liked it
Why write a review of a long forgotten and out of print novel from the 1950s? Because it is a superior example of the historical fiction genre and can still be obtained at very low prices. If you enjoyed novels such as Wallace Breem's 'Eagle in the Snow', to which this book has many similarities, you will without doubt enjoy 'The Three Legions'. Concerned with the disaster which struck Augustus' plans to add Germany to the Roman Empire, it tells how the entire Roman army in Germany was ambushed ...more
Kenneth
Jul 25, 2014 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
I found this book in a "Free" stack at a local community college years ago. As a fan of historical fiction (and of Roman History) I thought it might be a nice diversion. It is a great example of how historical fiction should be written.
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