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WHY THE LATIN ?
on 26 September 2014
The author seems bent on impressing readers with his knowledge of Latin, especially in the opening pages. His repetitive use of the same Latin phrases is irritating and, in the context, completely unnecessary. A non Latin speaker will have to interrupt constantly his reading of the book to go and get out his Latin -English dictionary - assuming he has one. This is utter nonsense. If the author can not portray the structure of Ceasars legions and their officers in English, it is perhaps time he had a rest until he can. Characterisation is weak and the narrative somewhat pedestrian.