THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS

THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS

by Arthur Conan Doyle
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THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS by Arthur Conan Doyle

CONTENTS


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I THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS 9

II THE LAST GALLEY 22

III THROUGH THE VEIL 37

IV THE COMING OF THE HUNS 47

V THE CONTEST 68

VI THE FIRST CARGO 83

VII AN ICONOCLAST 98

VIII GIANT MAXIMIN 112

IX THE RED STAR 141

X THE SILVER MIRROR 158

XI THE HOME-COMING 177

XII A POINT OF CONTACT 202

XIII THE CENTURION 215




THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS




THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS
_and Other Tales of Long Ago_




I

THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS


Pontus, the Roman viceroy, sat in the atrium of his palatial villa by
the Thames, and he looked with perplexity at the scroll of papyrus which
he had just unrolled. Before him stood the messenger who had brought it,
a swarthy little Italian, whose black eyes were glazed with want of
sleep, and his olive features darker still from dust and sweat. The
viceroy was looking fixedly at him, yet he saw him not, so full was his
mind of this sudden and most unexpected order. To him it seemed as if
the solid earth had given way beneath his feet. His life and the work of
his life had come to irremediable ruin.

"Very good," he said at last in a hard dry voice, "you can go."

The man saluted and staggered out of the hall. A yellow-haired British
major-domo came forward for orders.

"Is the General there?"

"He is waiting, your excellency."

"Then show him in, and leave us together."

A few minutes later Licinius Crassus, the head of the British military
establishment, had joined his chief. He was a large, bearded man in a
white civilian toga, hemmed with the Patrician purple. His rough, bold
features, burned and seamed and lined with the long African wars, were
shadowed with anxiety as he looked with questioning eyes at the drawn,
haggard face of the viceroy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013091795
Publisher: SAP
Publication date: 08/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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About the Author

A prolific author of books, short stories, poetry, and more, the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most vivid and enduring characters: Sherlock Holmes. Through detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction, Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step into the swirling fog of Victorian London to rescue the innocent, confound the guilty, and solve the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England

Education:

Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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