The Forgotten Legion

The Forgotten Legion

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"Set in the late Roman Republic, in the first century B.C.E., The Forgotten Legion is a tale of the greatest empire of the ancient world from the perspective of those on the lowest rungs of its society. Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery to a enslaved mother who is much beloved by them, and much abused by their owner. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines. Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome and trained by the last haruspex in the forgotten arts of divination. A runaway slave, then an AWOL Legionaire, he has a long foretold destiny that will take him to the very ends of the known world. Brennus is a Gaul from the Allobreges tribe. In the battle against the Roman army, his entire family, perhaps his entire tribe, is slaughtered, and only he survives to be sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge. The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds - survivors of one of the most legendary battles in Roman military history and destined to become part of one of the most compelling, enduring legends: The Forgotten Legion."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780099556282
Characteristics: xii, 525 p :,ill., map. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 12, 2018

very well written. The Story is written around the conflict that is during the Triumvirate of Crassus, Julius Caesar, and Pompey.. The 4 characters that the story is woven around brings
the way of life in Rome, the importance of slaves in daily lives of the free people. Important details on Crassus failed adventure into the mid-east and what would have happened to the forgotten legend. Being a retired World History teacher, I really enjoy this type of book that brings out historical facts within the fictional narrative of the characters involved. Keeps me wanting to read more

Feb 07, 2013

It sounds like a pretty good book to read, I hope if it's like the percy Jackson series if any of you ever read it, if u didn't than.....omg may god help's the best book ever!! also read The inhertiance good loved it :D

Rockey427 Jul 09, 2012

Good historical fiction. Fun summer read. Part of a trilogy I picked up the second book before I had the first finished!

peter99377 May 07, 2012

Crassus reminds me of contemporary arrogance in politics and military matters. A great read, takes you right into the heart of Pompey's Rome. Highly recommended.

Jeremy410 Sep 14, 2011

A very exciting novel of ancient Rome. I'm usually a very slow reader. It can take me months to finish a 300 page novel. I finished this 500 page book in a week and a half. It helped that I was on vacation, but the story moved at such I rapid rate, with enaging characters, that I had to keep on reading.

This is definitely for the person who likes high adventure, lots of bloody action, and ancient history. If you like Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, you will also like this one.

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