The Last Legion and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£1.87
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK. Your order will be picked, packed and dispatched by Amazon. Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Last Legion Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Feb 2006


See all 18 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, Unabridged, 3 Feb 2006
£2.00 £0.01


Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (3 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330489755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330489751
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published thirteen works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty-five countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.

Product Description

Review

Ancient Rome, Roman history, gladiators. This novel has them all. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Dino De Laurentiis, producer of Gladiator, wants to make the film of this historical epic by the author of the bestselling Alexander Trilogy. Set in the twilight years of the Roman Empire, a band of British Roman soldiers try to save the decadent crumbling Empire by rescuing Romulus Augustus, the young son of the last Emperor, and installing him as the figurehead of a rejuvenated Empire. But it all comes to nothing and they return to Britain where further adventures await them. Stirring, atmospheric and factually accurate historical fiction (the author is an archaeologist and historian) that certainly makes the most of the current interest in Roman adventures, Hollywood style. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The Western Roman Empire collapses finally in AD 470 as the last Emperor of Rome is protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, killing the Imperial family and taking the young Emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins.

But all is not lost. From the dust of the battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors: The Last Legion. Their task is to rescue the Emperor and his enigmatic tutor and to try and resurrect the glory of Rome. It will take all their strength of character and bravery, as they guide the last Caesar in a dramatic journey of escape through a devastated Italy and northern Europe to their ultimate destinies in the land of the Britons . . . and the beginning of a new legend.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Rossiter on 21 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Yes, if you are looking for a historically accurate acount of the fall of Rome and it's last emperor then this isn't it. But Manfredi accepts that in his notes at the back of the book. As other reviewers have stated this book can almost be split into halfs. The first half of the book is concerned with the plight of Romulus and how he is going to be rescued then the second half follows the flight of the heros (and heroin to be politically correct). Some saw this half the book as a bad movie script with an easily discernable plot. Although you can guess that they will reach their destination it is thrilling to find out how they overcome the various obstacles. The presentation of Aurelius as a hero with dark secret in his past is refreshing as he isn't a perfect hero. The ending also comes under scrutiny as it links in with Arthurian legend. What you must remember when reading this ending is that it is fiction and it is a beautiful lead into the legendary kings tale. After all Geoffrey Monmouth's version in 14th century of Arthur as a Knight in shining armour is far less accurate then this ending is. It is a very easy read although i suppose you do have to let the words wash over you a bit as the translation can make the speech seem very American movie-esque. There is bad language so any parents might want to note this before reading/buying for their children. It's not my favourite Manfredi (that's Spartan) but a good read regardless
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Few authors can be better equipped to write about the subject of Rome and its Legions than Manfredi. Professor of archaeology at the the university of Milan, he has carried out many excavations and expeditions in the Mediterranean region. He has produced many factual books on historical matters, mainly military and has still found the time to write several novels and this is one of the best of them.

The story begins the day that the Roman Empire collapses and the eternal city itself is being over-run. In the weeks before the final collapse some British Romano soldiers have reached the city with the express task of rescuing the young son of the last Emperor Romulus Augustus, these are the men of The last Legion . . .

They are there to protect and guide the last emperor on a journey that takes them across Europe to the shores of Britain and into legend.

I found the book exciting and exhilarating. It was another one I did not want to end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on 5 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
I quite liked this book. Fast paced, dramatically set in the last glimmers of the Roman Empire. It makes a fascinating read, if not an historically accurate one (the timing whit byzantine history is all wrong)But,hey, it could be read as alternate history,surely! All in all, an entertaining story.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chuckles VINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is quite an entertaining read, and is certainly much better than the film that was released recently. Not his strongest and unlike his other historical novels this is nearly all fiction. However this is still worth a read, and do not judge it on the film!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Stephenson on 1 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
I enjoy imaginative re-takes on the Arthurian Legends - but this one is a model of how not to do it. First make up a bunch of cardboard characters, then place them in a succession of impossible situations with a "Jim'll Fix It" approach to getting yourself (the author) out of the four diametrically opposite corners you have simultaneously painted yourself into (what else is magic for?). Motivation? Careful plotting? Not for Manfredi in this load of hokum. And finally, get yourself a translator, preferably one for whom neither Italian nor English is the mother tongue, and who chooses from the options she finds in an Italian-English dictionary by closing her eyes and jabbing with her husband's magic ball-point pen. Bound to be a winner...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julian Day on 3 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
It's hard to know whether to blame the author or the translator for this awful book. Suffice it to say that it's appallingly badly written, with a prose style that makes Dan Brown seem like Henry James. To be fair, it must have required some degree of skill to compose such a long and turgid book entirely in cliches, without even a single concession to originality or imagination.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
I looked forward to reading this as it is a sadly neglected period of history (and historical fiction). The 1st third of the book was fine but thereafter I forced myself to finish the book. The latter third of the book I found very irritating.
I found the translation poor tending to use Italian forms of English renditions of classical names (if that makes sense). The grasp of the history was sadly superficial and I came across numerous inaccuracies presumably kept to keep the story flowing or to humour the ignorance of the reader (and the author).
It started off OK but I felt the book was a disappointment; the various events of the time have been squandered in a rather vain attempt to link the collapse of the Western Roman Empire with the rise of Arthurian Britain. Oh well, overambitious. I have been put off from reading his Alexander books (I think these have probably been better written by other authors).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By brutus riggerous on 28 May 2006
Format: Paperback
i found this by accident down my local library.

thought it was a truly great story and read cant wait to see the film thats being made at the moment.

as good as iggullden and scarrow
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback