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Winter Quarters Paperback – 2 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753818914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753818916
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Winter Quarters covers a remarkable amount of ground, and covers it convincingly. Mr Duggan throws the strengths and weaknesses of the era into sharp relief... damnably skillful'

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A classic novel set in Ancient Rome by a bestselling author - two Gauls join the doomed Roman army marching into what is now Iraq.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By mr T Brown on 27 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Another fine read from Alfred Duggan.He has rapidly become one of my favourite authors having recently discovered him on e-bay and Abe books.A wry,humourous view of Classical Warfare from the point of view of a young Gaul who enlists in the Republican Roman Army.His description of the city of Rome is very evocative,and the story concludes with the ill fated campaign in Parthia under Crassus (remember him from Spartacus-played by Laurence Olivier).Excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
WINTER QUARTERS Alfred Duggan 1957/1972 2nd Edn. Hardcover

Alfred Duggan (1903 - 1964) was an English historian, archaeologist, antiquities dealer and soldier, who became probably the best selling historical novelist of the 1940s and 1950s, although many his academic works remain standard references to their subject but sadly somewhat out of fashion today. Duggan was born into a wealthy family of Irish landowners and, after the death of his father his mother re-married and he became step-son to Lord Curzon.

Duggan's novels were always meticulously researched, his knowledge of Latin and ancient languages giving him access to material often unavailable to authors of the day. He boasted that he had visited every historical site mentioned in his books and described them from his own observances and notes. His writing style was always somewhat raw for his day, he described events as they were, stripping away much of the gloss and historical misconceptions that were a hang over from the views of Victorian and Edwardian academia.

WINTER QUARTERS follows the fortunes of two young Gallic nobles who join the Roman Army of Julius Caesar as auxiliary cavalrymen. The story maps their travels to Rome and across the Empire to Judea and finally after wintering at Antioch the two are part of the ill fated expedition of Marcus Crassus to Seleucia.

As always Duggan's style brings the period and it's characters to life and paints an absorbing and knowledgeable background to the Roman army and the campaign in Parthia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
The plot (without giving away too many spoilers) - two young Gauls come under a curse in their home valley of the Eastern Pyrenees, and take service in the Roman auxiliary cavalry under Caesar. They work with the son of Crassus, and follow him to Rome; and when Crassus senior mounts his eastern campaign, they take part in that, via a leisurely stay in winter quarters in Lebanon.

The writer: Alfred Duggan was an Anglo/Irish writer (and archaeologist) whose books were very popular in the 1950s. He wrote fifteen historical novels, of which this (the seventh) was written in 1956.

My opinion: I like Duggan - he has a very distinctive style, rather sardonic, with his main players neither idealised nor two-dimensional, but full of doubts and problems. In this book I particularly liked the Gallic viewpoint and their views of the Romans, and the way in which their honour leads them to take a course of action that might not be the best for them. It all comes over as historically accurate, from a fresh viewpoint, and in places quite funny in a dry way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Clayton on 5 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Written in the 1950s this book takes you back in more ways than one.
Arthur Duggan paints a picture of live for a Gaul in the Roman army.
This is done without the violence and sexual content a book written on the subject now may include.
So it can be read by all ages.
I found it a nice light read and would have no problem recommending it if you like historical novels.
One more point it is grounded on historical facts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hastings on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
The narrator of this story is Camul, a Gaul of noble family at the time of Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. His friend Acco offends the goddess Pyrene and so the two of them leave their tribe to join the Roman army as auxiliary cavalry. They accompany Publius Crassus on his father's (Marcus Licinius Crassus) ill-fated expedition against the Parthians. But, wherever they go, Acco feels himself to be pursued by the goddess; under different names but with the same character.

Duggan paints a vivid picture of the culture of the Gauls and also of Rome and Syrian Antioch seen through Gallic eyes. However, since the story is told in flashback and we all know what happened to Marcus Crassus' expedition, there are no real surprises, no unexpected twists of the plot.
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