Book Cover: Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

'Absorbing... Military history is the muscle of this book, with enough political sinews to give it coherence.' WASHINGTON TIMES, US

'A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar's Legio X-arguably the most famous legion of its day-from its activation to the slogging battle of Munda and from Thapsus, Caesar's tactical masterpiece, to the grim siege of the Jewish fortress of Masada. 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

'Dando-Collins has a grand, gripping story to tell here... This is certainly a vigorous and entertaining way to read Roman history.' BARNES & NOBLE editorial review, US

'The author makes the brutal realities of Classical Age wars easily read. Moreover, the book lets the reader understand why Caesar's legions were the world's most excellent and successful infantry.'

A world first: a regimental history of a Roman legion. And it flows like a novel. Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionaries, and the daily routine and discipline of the legion.

From penetrating insights into the mind of history's greatest general to a grunt's-eye view of the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age, this unique and riveting true account sets a new standard of exellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history now aspire.

Following the example set by Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius and influential translator of Suetonius, in this work Dando-Collins uses modern military ranks for senior Roman officers, to make the work more accessible to the lay reader.

Also, some time ago Dando-Collins formed the opinion that the 10th Legion formed by Caesar in Spain went on to become the 10th Fretensis, contrary to the opinion of 19th century German historian Theodor Mommsen, whose views had been accepted by classical scholars with limited legion knowledge but have been discredited by a number of modern authorities. For a detailed explanation of Dando-Collins' reasoning in this regard see the section on the 10th Fretensis Legion in his Legions of Rome. 

First published in the US by Wiley in 2002, the breakthrough Caesar's Legion, the first book ever devoted to the history of a single legion, has since been published in numerous editions and many languages worldwide and continues to attract avid readers internationally.


Caesar's Legion sponsored three more successful legion histories by Dando-Collins - Nero's Killing Machine, Cleopatra's Kidnappers, and Mark Antony's Heroes, and several more Roman histories with strong legion links - Blood of the Caesars, The Ides, and The Great Fire of Rome. 

These works led to Dando-Collins being commissioned by Quercus of the UK to write Legions of Rome, the first ever comprehensive history of all Rome's imperial legions in one book - for fans who often ask, available historical information on the republican legions is just too limited to allow him to cover them, too. The widely successful Legions of Rome has become the go-to guide on the legjons.

You can read about all the above books on this website.

In 2019, Stephen again returned to Rome, with CALIGULA: The Mad Emperor of Rome, which is described by US columnist Ralph Benko as 'a small masterpiece.'


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