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A great read for those who love stories of imperial Rome
on 30 June 2012
I can highly reccommend this book. I am an avid reader of books on ancient Rome especially the period of early empire. I had no previous knowledge of the author, therefore I was not expecting too much, especially at this low price, but it came as a real surprise to me how good it was. The author shows a remarkable knowledge of the period, covering the legions in Gaul, Britannia and even Israel (Roman Palestine)He makes a very good point in that the sacking of the temple in Jerusalem was not simply a barbaric act by the Roman conquerers(for an exellent non-fiction book on this subject, read Apocalypse by Neil Faulkner, although non-fiction it's anythything but dry history)now back to the subject review.
The author not only has a very advanced knowlege of the period's history, but reveals a vast knowledge of the legions structures, movements, weapons etc. If you are not a fan of the Roman empire, you may find the book a little slow and dry reading, if you are a fan, you will love it.
Acouple of little niggles:
He uses the accepted spelling "Gemina" only once, otherwise he uses "Gemena" and why in heaven does he repeatedly misspell bathes - baths , sheathes - sheaths and wreathes - wreaths. I also feel our hero, Marcus Furius Subara was a little overdone and overdecorated, a Roman superhero, expert at everything; however these niggles did not spoil my enjoyment of a very readable book.