Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion
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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

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The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca. Numbering less than 10...more
Published November 1st 2004 by Wiley
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'Aussie Rick'
This is Stephen Dando-Collins second book covering the history of a Roman legion, this time he deals with the Fourteenth Legion (14th Gemina Martia Vietrix Legion). I thoroughly enjoyed this author's first book, "Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion", so I eagerly awaited the publication of this title. Again I must confess that I have no in-depth knowledge of this period, just a keen and general interest.

I found this book as good as the first, in fact, even bette...more
Nathan Trachta
Recently I’ve been trying to study up a little on the Roman Legions because I’ve been busy painting several cohorts of them. To further my learning about a particular legion I decided to pickup Mr. Dando-Collins book Nero’s Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome’s Remarkable 14th Legion.

For me this one is a solid 3 star book. While the book itself gave some interesting information, Mr. Dando-Collins writing style never really settled for me. I couldn’t decide if he was writing a direct historic...more
The 14th Roman Legion (14th GMV - Gemina Martia Victrix) was created by Julius Caesar in 58 BC. It was totally wiped out in its early campaigning in the European theater, and once reconstituted, it was almost wiped out again. Many years later (43 AD), it gained prominence in Britain when it confronted the uprising of the British tribes under Queen Boudicca. In that year the legion numbered 10,000 soldiers (including auxiliaries) and defeated an opposing force of 230,000 (odds 23 to 1) on the bor...more
Possibly a legion as famous as Caesar's Legio X Gemina. Very conversational style, sometimes too much so which can be jarring. I worry about the scholarship at times...the author refers to Domitian as instituting a reign of terror, etc. Overall, very readable book that spans several hundred years. This legion went from being destroyed in Gaul, reformed by Caesar, getting mauled again, winning the war against Boudicca, fighting in Germania, going into garrison for hundreds of years, to finally be...more
Second in a series of books by Dando-Collins, this book details the "biography" of the 14th legion - the Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix, as it came to be known, or as D-C often calls it, the "14th G.M.V." A facinating story of creation, defeat, and disgrace under Julius Caesar only to rise to heroic status in the British uprisings under Nero.
Part of a series. See my review for Cleopatra's Kidnappers for my take on all four books.
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"Stephen Dando-Collins is an award-winning Australian historical author and novelist, with books centred around Antiquity, American history, British history, Australian history, and French history. He also writes children's novels, the first of which, Chance in a Million, (Hodder Headline, Sydney, 1998), was filmed by PolyGram as Paws, starring Billy Connolly. In 2012, he launched the critically a...more
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