Cleopatra’s Kidnappers_ How Caesar’s Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar
A powerful tale of war, romance, and one of history′s most desperate gambles
Julius Caesar was nothing if not bold. When, in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused to march another step under his command, he pursued his fleeing rival into Egypt with an impossibly small force of Gallic and German cavalry, raw Italian recruits, and nine hundred Spanish prisoners of war–tough veterans of Pompey′s Sixth Legion.
Cleopatra′s Kidnappers tells the epic saga of Caesar′s adventures in Egypt through the eyes of these captured, but never defeated, legionaries. In this third volume in his definitive history of the Roman legions, Stephen Dando–Collins reveals how this tiny band of fierce warriors led Caesar′s little army to great victories against impossible odds. Bristling with action and packed with insights and newly revealed facts, this eye–opening account introduces you to the extraordinary men who made possible Caesar′s famous boast, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
Praise for Caesar′s Legion
“A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar′s Legio X. . . . More than a mere unit account, it incorporates the history of Rome and the Roman army at the height of their power and gory glory. Many military historians consider Caesar′s legions the world′s most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder. This book shows why. Written in readable, popular style, Caesar′s Legion is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization.”
–T. R. Fehrenbach author of This Kind of War, Lone Star, and Comanches