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Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania Hardcover – Illustrated, 23 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184884333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843332
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eager for Glory is worthy of a place on the shelf of any ancient warfare fan. It is warmly recommended. --Ancient Warfare Magazine

This is a remarkably readable book. We don't know a lot about Drusus, and most of the accounts of his campaigns are lost, but Lindsay Powell gathers together what there is and produces a coherent account. Thus we have the story of the life of Drusus, an outline of his campaigns, an attempt to estimate which legions were involved, his death and legacy. Given the state of the evidence, it is impossible to provide 'orders of battle' for the participants in these campaigns, but the author does try to give as much detail as possible with regard to the participants, with photographs of re-enactors and the terrain. The author also looks at the reasons for the Romans deciding to stop and set the Rhine rather than the Elbe as a frontier, a decision of long-tern historical significance. A nice book that I enjoyed. --Miniature Wargames

Powell gives a solid account of the life and times of Drusus with an enviable lightness of literary touch. More to the point, he pulls off the difficult task of putting Drusus' career into the context of the political machinations of the early empire.

Where his account truly comes to life is in the military details. Powell clearly understands both the psychology of the Roman soldier and the practical issues of day-to-day life in the military in nuanced detail. --Adrian Murdoch

A real pleasure to read a book that is a page-turner for anyone interested in Ancient Rome! --Alberto Perez Rubio, Editor, Desperta Ferro

This ground-breaking book will appeal to all interested in ancient world history, biography, military history and adventure stories, but will be of particular interest to those studying classics in academia, Roman period re-enactment and numismatics. --Heritage and History

About the Author

Lindsay Powell is a media communications professional and writer. His interest in the ancient world was sparked by studying classical civilization and Latin at school and he has been studying Roman history ever since. Born in Cardiff he is a veteran of the Ermine Street Guard, the premier Roman re-enactment group, but now lives in Austin, Texas. He has written a number of historical articles for Ancient Warfare and Exercitus. This will be his first book.

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