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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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Nathan Trachta
Mar 09, 2009 Nathan Trachta rated it liked it
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
'Aussie Rick'
Jun 26, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Aug 07, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2008 Colin rated it it was amazing
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.
Simon Mccrum
Oct 04, 2016 Simon Mccrum rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016
A remarkable book describing the history of the 14th Legion from its investiture to the fall of the western Roman Empire, over a period of 500years. The fact that so much detail and information is available 2000yrs later is extraordinary. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Bob Groves
Oct 11, 2014 Bob Groves rated it liked it
Not great storytelling, but very interesting story
Kirk Sklenar
Aug 20, 2015 Kirk Sklenar rated it really liked it
Great overview of the 14th legion history. Since it covers such a large period in time, details of certain events are vague. BUt great book overall!!
Aug 15, 2007 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-roman
Part of a series. See my review for Cleopatra's Kidnappers for my take on all four books.
John Warren
Jul 10, 2016 John Warren rated it really liked it
I like mr Collins books and this one about the 14 legion didn't disappoint me love the details and the story behind the legion very entertaining
Mar 01, 2015 Gail rated it liked it
An enjoyable book! I recommend it for the lay person who wants to learn about the Roman legions or the tribes of people they fought and conquered.
Jun 30, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down
Steve Switzer
Jan 07, 2016 Steve Switzer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-warfare
Excellent regimental history of this legion
Francis Mulhern
Oct 27, 2015 Francis Mulhern rated it really liked it
A proper history book!!!
Loads of highly researched information.
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Stephen Dando-Collins is an award-winning author whose 40th book will be published in 2017. His work includes children's novels and biographies, with the bulk of his books dealing with military history ranging from Greek and Roman times to American 19th century history and World I and Word War II, the next being THE BIG BREAK: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told. Many of his boo ...more
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