Ancient History & Civilisation

Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca. Numbering less than 10,000 men, the disciplined Roman killing machine defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with only 400 Roman losses–an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the title "Conqueror of Britain." In this gripping book, second in the author’s definitive histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to life, offering military history aficionados a unique soldier’s-eye view of their tactics, campaigns, and battles.

Chapter 1. FACING THE BRITISH WARRIOR QUEEN + Atlas

Chapter 2. WIPED OUT

Chapter 3. RESCUE ON THE SAMBRE

Chapter 4. CICERO’S BLUNDER

Chapter 5. THE UPRISING

Chapter 6. THE RULES OF PLUNDER

Chapter 7. THE HILL AT LÉRIDA

Chapter 8. SPITTING IN SCIPIO’S EYE

Chapter 9. LEFT BEHIND

Chapter 10. ANTONY AND THE ASSASSINS

Chapter 11. SEXTUS, SEA BATTLES, AND SUICIDES

Chapter 12. PAIN IN SPAIN, GLORY IN GERMANY

Chapter 13. BLOOD AND GUTS IN PANNONIA

Chapter 14. THE VARUS DISASTER

Chapter 15. MUTINY ON THE RHINE

Chapter 16. GOING AFTER HERMANN THE GERMAN

Chapter 17. SHOWDOWN IN GERMANY

Chapter 18. WRECKED

Chapter 19. CLAUDIUS’S INVADERS

Chapter 20. CATCHING KING CARATACUS

Chapter 21. BOUDICCA THE TERRORIST

Chapter 22. LAST STAND ON WATLING STREET

Chapter 23. THE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS

Chapter 24. BLOODY BEDRIACUM

Chapter 25. STORM ON THE RHINE

Chapter 26. THE GEMINA’S REVENGE

Chapter 27. GOOD-BYE AND APPLAUD US

Appendix A - THE LEGIONS OF ROME , 30 B.C.-A.D. 233

Appendix B - IMPERIAL ROMAN MILITARY RANKS AND THEIR MODERN-DAY EQUIVALENTS

Appendix C - THE PRAETORIAN GUARD, THE CITY GUARD, THE NIGHT WATCH

Appendix D - SOURCES

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