Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Created an Emperor [NOOK Book]

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In Mark Antony's Heroes, the fourth installment in the author's seminal histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid portrait of the 3rd Gallica Legion from the unique vantage point of the soldiers. Drawing on classical texts, Dando-Collins tells the gripping story of a unit that made a name for itself under Mark Antony, only to watch its early glory fade and rise again.

Dreaded by friend and foe alike, they used their muscle to install Herod ...

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Overview

In Mark Antony's Heroes, the fourth installment in the author's seminal histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid portrait of the 3rd Gallica Legion from the unique vantage point of the soldiers. Drawing on classical texts, Dando-Collins tells the gripping story of a unit that made a name for itself under Mark Antony, only to watch its early glory fade and rise again.

Dreaded by friend and foe alike, they used their muscle to install Herod the Great and Caesar Vespasian on their thrones. They made Rome's enemies from one side of the empire to the other dread their legion's name. They were renowned as the fearless servants of two Mark Anatonys, saving the skin of Cleopatra's lover and making possible the meteoric career of Mark Antony Primus.

By weaving together new information about the legionaries' lives with factual Roman military practices, Mark Antony's Heroes is a landmark in ancient military history.

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Library Journal
The analysis of military tactics and players should be a carefully crafted exercise in historiography. It cannot be merely a laundry list of troop numbers (which should be in an appendix), but it cannot offer too much narrative elaboration, or one can end up with virtually fictional characters. Unfortunately, Dando-Collins (Caesar's Legion) displays both tendencies in his new book. The author is a good storyteller, but his habit of describing how ancient figures reacted emotionally in given situations is inappropriate for a historian. Claiming, e.g., that Roman statesman and general Mark Antony was smiling while making a decision is pointless and unreliable, even if an ancient commentator might have written it. The author's lack of discussion about his sources is particularly disturbing and throws many of his conclusions into doubt. Even though he goes into remarkable detail about the number of soldiers in each situation and the exact mileage of their marches, such unsourced statistics become wearying. The period he covers is fascinating for the historiography it has inspired (e.g., Victor Davis Hanson's The Western Way of War), yet this work seems not to recognize those discussions. Not recommended.
—Clay Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118040805
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 713,123
  • File size: 921 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of Caesar's Legion, Nero's Killing Machine, Cleopatra's Kidnappers, and Blood of the Caesars. An Australian-born researcher, editor, and author, he has spent the last three decades identifying and studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars.

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Table of Contents

Atlas     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Author's Note     xiii
Get Up and Fight!     1
For Pompey, Caesar, and Antony     4
The Parthian Invasion     12
Routing the Parthians     25
Putting King Herod on His Throne     40
Mark Antony's Mistake     47
The Bloody Retreat     58
The Sun-Worshipping 3rd     71
Riot Duty in Jerusalem     76
Saving the Apostle Paul a Second Time     93
To Caesar You Shall Go     99
The Centurion's Decision     105
Cast Up on Malta     114
In Nero's Rome     119
Fanning the Flames of Revolt     125
Victims of the Jewish Uprising     133
The Heroes of Ascalon     136
The Execution of a Troublesome Jew     145
Blood for Blood     148
Slaughtering the Sarmatians     160
To Italy, to Make an Emperor     168
Prelude to a Disaster     187
The Bloodbath of Cremona     198
Storming Rome     220
Thanks to the 3rd Gallica     238
Imperial Roman Military Ranks and Their Modern-Day Equivalents     247
The German Guard     251
Sources     257
Glossary     267
Index     273
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