Feb 26, 2020
Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar
Posted by Stephen Dando-Collins

A powerful tale of war, romance, and one of history s most desperate gamblesJulius Caesar was nothing if not bold When, in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused to march another step under his command, he pursued his fleeing rival into Egypt with an impossibly small force of Gallic and German cavalry, raw Italian recruits, and nine hA powerful tale of war, romance, and one of history s most desperate gamblesJulius Caesar was nothing if not bold When, in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused to march another step under his command, he pursued his fleeing rival into Egypt with an impossibly small force of Gallic and German cavalry, raw Italian recruits, and nine hundred Spanish prisoners of war tough veterans of Pompey s Sixth Legion.Cleopatra s Kidnappers tells the epic saga of Caesar s adventures in Egypt through the eyes of these captured, but never defeated, legionaries In this third volume in his definitive history of the Roman legions, Stephen Dando Collins reveals how this tiny band of fierce warriors led Caesar s little army to great victories against impossible odds Bristling with action and packed with insights and newly revealed facts, this eye opening account introduces you to the extraordinary men who made possible Caesar s famous boast, I came, I saw, I conquered Praise for Caesar s Legion A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar s Legio X More than a mere unit account, it incorporates the history of Rome and the Roman army at the height of their power and gory glory Many military historians consider Caesar s legions the world s most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder This book shows why Written in readable, popular style, Caesar s Legion is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization T R Fehrenbach author of This Kind of War, Lone Star, and Comanches

  • Title: Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar
  • Author: Stephen Dando-Collins
  • ISBN: 9780471719335
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cleopatra s Kidnappers How Caesar s Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar A powerful tale of war romance and one of history s most desperate gamblesJulius Caesar was nothing if not bold When in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused

    Jeff

    Stephen Dando Collins has written a series of books detailing specific units of the Roman military He uses this straightforward concept, however, to serve as a framework for looking at Roman history, society, the way in which Rome impacted the non Roman societies within her area of influence and, of course, doing all this while telling some rousing stories of battle, glory and good old fashioned butchery.Dando Coliins style is very conversational sometimes a little two conversational which makes [...]


    Ian Racey

    A very good book, a well written and well researched, accessible history book for the general reader When Caesar defeated Pompey the Great at the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, one of Pompey s legions, the 6th, was split in two half its men escaped and fled to Roman Africa modern Tunisia , where other Pompeian survivors gathered for a last stand against Caesar, while two cohorts of the 6th were captured by Caesarian troops under Mark Antony Caesar was able to persuade these nine hundred men to co [...]


    Colin

    This book was the third in Dando Collins series this one is about the 6th Legion, formed under Pompey but serving Caesar faithfully in Egypt hence the title, from their famous exploit there Dando Collins makes the history of the legions come alive I just wish he would use period appropriate terms every time I read a modern title like colonel for tribune, or a place name like Durres for Dyrrhachium and Brindisi for Brundisium, I wince.


    Brian

    More like a 4.5 I felt at the end too much time was spent talking about Caesar s assassination and not focusing on the 6th Legion as much Plus Dando Collins has another book on the subject called The Ides Caesar s Murder and the War for Rome Otherwise another great addition to the line of Legion specific military history of Rome.


    Marc Dunham

    Dando Collins brings the Roman legions to life in his series on the most famous of Romes legions Not a detailed history but a rousing good tale of the life of the Sixth Legion.


    Steve Switzer

    Regimental history of a roman legion excellent


    Anthony Fischer

    I really enjoy this author s narrative style I have read several of his books and really enjoyed them.


    Simon Mccrum

    Very detailed and highly enjoyable account of Caesar s last campaigns and of the legendary 6th Legion.


    SirliS.

    Caesar ja Kleopatra Maria Helleberg 2007


    John Warren

    I have really enjoyed his books about the legions very informative



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