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Quis, Quid, Ubi, Quibus Auxiliis, Cur, Quomodo, Quando?
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
That's what you are pretty much getting from this book about the Roman 10th and the other legions of Rome. I had been looking forward for a book that centered about a subject to which I am very inclined to learn about: The Legions.
Now, I know that the center of this book is the 10th legion raised by the ever ambitious Julius Ceaser. Nonetheless, the author does a compelling job to include and describe the other legions of Rome as time progressed further and further away from the famous first 10th legion that was loved and trusted by Ceaser, although not entirely apparently (Read the book if you want to know why).
The book reads quite smooth and includes a lot of content about warfare of the legions, military customs, structures, transformations and more (pretty much the reason I got it). It also does a good job giving you the general picture of politics and in some hindsight, the impact of several battles and the big precedent that important events set for the Roman world with prominent figures like Julius Ceaser himself and the Roman Emperors up to Vespasian; you can even see how to a certain degree, the emperors ended up living shaped by the actions of Julius Ceaser, when he crossed the Rubicon, bold as ever (Hint: "If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.")
If you are interested in the military aspect more than anything and the battles fought by the legendary 10th, you will enjoy this book considerably. Includes a good array of sources and does a good job discerning them in my opinion.
Great book, would have liked a longer version but only since I like the subject so much.