Ancient History & Civilisation

Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar

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."

ATLAS

INTRODUCTION: CAESAR IN CONTEXT

Chapter I - LAST STAND IN ALEXANDRIA

Chapter II - TRAPPED

Chapter III - ACCORDING TO BRUTUS

Chapter IV - THE DEAL

Chapter V - CLEOPATRA’S WAR

Chapter VI - MARK ANTONY, RULER OF ROME

Chapter VII - SAILING INTO HISTORY

Chapter VIII - EGYPTIAN RESISTANCE

Chapter IX - THE KIDNAP

Chapter X - CAESAR’S BABY

Chapter XI - DEFEAT AND CASTRATION

Chapter XII - REINFORCEMENTS

Chapter XIII - TAKING THE ISLAND

Chapter XIV - RELEASING THE KING

Chapter XV - THE RELIEF COLUMN

Chapter XVI - BATTLE ON THE NILE

Chapter XVII - TO THE VICTOR, THE SPOILS

Chapter XVIII - GOING AFTER PHARNACES

Chapter XIX - THE CHARIOTS OF ZELA

Chapter XX - THE ROMAN TRIUMPHS OF THE 6TH

Chapter XXI - ONE LAST BATTLE

Chapter XXII - PORCIA’S SECRET

Chapter XXIII - AFTER THE MURDER

Chapter XXIV - THE WOLF’S TWINS

Chapter XXV - THE IMPERIAL 6THS

APPENDIX A: REPUBLICAN ROMAN MILITARY RANKS, FIRST CENTURY B.C., AND THEIR MODERN-DAY EQUIVALENTS

APPENDIX B: IMPERIAL POSTINGS OF THE TWO 6 TH LEGIONS

APPENDIX C: SOURCES

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