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    This rather obscure book of 50 60 years ago tells of the three Roman legions in Germania in 9 AD under the inept P uinctillius Varus The first part concerns itself with garrison life in their summer camp Then the legions begin marching to their winter camp and are betrayed by Arminius the Romanized German Arminius leads the legions into the deathtrap of the thick Teutoburger Wald and marshland the Varian Disaster In attacks lasti

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    The Three Legions is about one of Rome’s greatest defeats the Varian Disaster where three Roman legions under the command of General Varus have suffered a total annihilation at the hands of Germanic tribes led by Arminius the Romanized Prince of the Cheruschi Set upon this backdrop the story takes off days before the massacre giving deep insights into the world of the legionnaires while putting a “mark” on several targets carefully co

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    This book is a solid if outdated account of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest It was written in the early ‘50s by a WW2 vet which definitely shows There are both pros and cons to that On the one hand it means that his descriptions of Germany and army mode of thought are very true to life The way that men switch from being individuals to being part of the larger unit is very well handled And once the ambus

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    Why write a review of a long forgotten and out of print novel from the 1950s? Because it is a superior example of the historical fiction genre and can still be obtained at very low prices If you enjoyed novels such as Wallace Breem's 'Eagle i

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    The three legions referred to were Roman legions defeated by an alliance of German tribes in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD Won't go into the historical significance but it is importantI won't discuss the plot because I do not

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    I found this book in a Free stack at a local community college years ago As a fan of historical fiction and of Roman History I though

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The Tribune Claudius Cinna had won glory and the title of the one savage who pleased Rome yet he found his triumphant life empty Arminius Prince of the German tribe the Cherusci looked Roman than German yet he hated Rome and longed to free his people The girl Thessia did not. This rather obscure book of 50 60 years ago tells of the three Roman legions in Germania in 9 AD under the inept P uinctillius Varus The first part concerns itself with garrison life in their summer camp Then the legions begin marching to their winter camp and are betrayed by Arminius the Romanized German Arminius leads the legions into the deathtrap of the thick Teutoburger Wald and marshland the Varian Disaster In attacks lasting several days the legions are nearly completely destroyed The cavalry ala deserts it is all slain The story follows Tribune Cinna the dour austere commander of the Legion Victrix ironic name meaning Victorious Thessia his opportunistic concubine Arminius the traitorous Romanized German Talt the lecherous centurion and a young na ve recruit never named the fisher from Marsalia present day Marseilles The history is not completely correct there have been many archaeological discoveries since this novel was written I did find some errors eg these legions were only numbered XVII XVIII and XIX Historically they did not have honorific titles as in the book Also stirrups were not in use by the Romans at that time A Roman common soldier was correctly called a legionary not legionnaire the author s term He also got wrong the number of men in a century Unfortunately anachronisms abounded and a few factual errors but the novel transcended them I feel the author could have easily found the correct material in an encyclopedia and incorporated it into his novel I speculate the Tribune was a thinly disguised historical Prefect Lucius Eggius who died in battle The author had fought in the US military and I felt he caught very well the moods thoughts and words of the legionaries including the brutality and bullying but without vulgarity The crucifixion was suitably gruesome however the victim could take days to die not one hour I felt only someone who had lived through battle himself could write such vivid battle scenes of the Disaster I was impressed by the scenes towards the end when various groups of soldiers are discussing death and dying before the final conflict The bodies of both the Tribune and his Primus Pilus lie dead before them The conversations seemed authentic to me the way soldiers would talkI felt the author told a very good story without the crudeness of many modern books This book should be better known September is when Battle of Teutoberg Forest took place so I reread this novel in September 2014 My impression I thought it better than before I found nuances I hadn t found the first time The strength of the characterizations the book s strong point struck me even It is too bad that in 2009 the second millennium anniversary of this all important battle the publisher missed an opportunity to reissue the book with better marketing and a new updated cover in keeping with today s tastes The ones of years ago were pretty bad The novel could have been edited to correct anachronisms and the most egregious historical mistakes some of which I mentioned in my review using what knowledge available at the time of publication of reissue I do wish this book had exposure and folks would seek it out and read it Used copies are readily available This is certainly an overlooked gemOn my third outing I especially noted the realistic description of the battle I consider this the best treatment of any novels I ve read on this Disaster and I have read several others This includes modern treatments of the story I also paid attention to the soldiers dialogue in varying situations realistic but without crudeness

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For love for freedom for comfort and for fulfillment played dominant and conflicting parts in the events that led to one of the decisive battles of history This novel of the time of Augustus Caesar combines a stirringly dramatic story with mature and subtle characterization. This book is a solid if outdated account of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest It was written in the early 50s by a WW2 vet which definitely shows There are both pros and cons to that On the one hand it means that his descriptions of Germany and army mode of thought are very true to life The way that men switch from being individuals to being part of the larger unit is very well handled And once the ambush starts the soldierly reaction to danger and then disaster feels authentic Indeed even the elements we now know to be false we ve found the battleground and it s not as he describes feel authenticOn the other hand the account can be just too modern Having enemy captives executed by firing suads of spear throwers rather than riflemen may feel right to an army man but it bears no resemblance to the way Romans handled such things It also seems close to parody to have the expedition s official historian wandering around like a third rate war correspondent asking the wounded and dying their opinion on how well they thought the battle was being conducted I think that this personal recollection of army life rather than an effort at whitewashing the past is the reason for his avoidance of issues like slavery There s no real place for slaves in a surrogate American army and he can t seem to find a way to slip a desire to seize and sell the populace in with the traditional soldierly concerns I m guessing a lot of this was based on his own experiences in the army but it is at least suitably obscured and there are enough historical elements in there that it doesn t feel utterly out of placeThere s a certain level of ambiguity about the massacre On the one hand the author clearly identifies with the grunts of the Roman army and their modern sort of military lifestyle On the other they are definitely the oppressors in this scenario and it s easy to admire the man who d give everything to save his fatherland Conflicted sympathies are good Conflicting sympathies give us nuance and complexity But the book is a little too cautious about making either side look bad Arminius speaks of freedom but we never see any of these crimes of which he accuses the Romans On the other hand the book demonizes Varus and we never uestion Arminius motives I feel we needed a little meat than we ve been givenWhile I thought the book was well written for the most part I never found myself that excited about it The absence of any emotive case for either side was part of it but a bigger issue was that everything felt strangely subdued Like I was reading it through a pane of dirty glass We are told what the characters are feeling rather than experiencing itWhich is a shame because some of the character choices were very clever The choice of POV characters particularly impressed Our main character is Cinna who sounds on the face of it like every single other historical fiction protagonist from the era absurdly heroic noble serious sensible But rather than give him a conventional hero s journey complete with Cassandra like lone voice of reason angle he s immediately pushed into an uncomfortable situation where he uestions his own desires He s rarely a driving force in events Arminius of course is and is his POV is unavoidable in this type of story Other choices include the lead centurion of the Victrix Legion Varus personal secretary and historian a virginal legionary oy obligatory captive German love interest 2637 and a rather disreputable legionary Our introduction to Varus and the Roman army is actually given through two guards who watch the army leaders go in and give us their thoughts I found it very effective and wish he d made left field choices oftenProbably the biggest issue for a modern audience is his handling of power and gender relations which felt very icky to me and is a reminder of just how wide a gulf there is just between us and the values of the 1950s Cinna takes a young German teen captive and she uickly winds up in his bed But it s okay She wants to be there She s tired of her tribe And oh some of the men in her tribe raped her so it s okay for the man who dragged her out of her village at swordpoint to sleep with her Yeah Real romantic I probably wouldn t have found it so repellant if it wasn t depicted so innocently as love at first sight If this had been treated realistically as something akin to Briseis and Achilles in an ethically ambiguous way I suspect I would have accepted it as a deconstruction of the morality of the time But it s pure 40s50s uncomfortable male fantasy combined with feeble attempts to mansplain the alien mindset of the homo sapiens femina And this is the dominant plot for the first half of the novel MmmA lot of the things I dislike about this book are just relics of their time The book manages a good mixture of diverse viewpoints and doesn t favor one side over the other in a partisan sort of way The feeling of military life in the 1st century AD is very real even if it sometimes seems a bit too WW2 influenced And the final battle is vivid On the debit side the characters don t exactly leap off the page and the nonpartisan account leaves the book a bit cold It s worth reading if you have an interest in the subject but I suspect that I at least will be better served by one of the modern books on the topic Not only can they take advantage of the battlesite s relatively recent discovery they also have decades of postcolonial and psychological literature to draw on when delving into these people s minds I am going to end the review on what I think was the book s best line We have become too used to victory Plot 4 The buildup is uncomfortable but the payoff goodCharacters 6 Apart from the leadership they re all uniue and smartAccuracy 6 Partly not its fault

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Fear the Roman enemy Let them come soon she said hating only the filth and cold and barrenness of her people's life The youth the fisher from Marsilia knew nothing of war or love except his dreams The governing passions of these four strangely assorted people their passions. The Three Legions is about one of Rome s greatest defeats the Varian Disaster where three Roman legions under the command of General Varus have suffered a total annihilation at the hands of Germanic tribes led by Arminius the Romanized Prince of the Cheruschi Set upon this backdrop the story takes off days before the massacre giving deep insights into the world of the legionnaires while putting a mark on several targets carefully condensing upon their lives their innermost thoughts sorrows vices their day to day lives Solon s style is uite down to earth not boring simple but rich in character and depth The entire book is presented in a miscellaneous way a well done mixture of fiction and truth great portrayal of characters excellent abundance of details catchy dialogues and even bits of philosophy the scholar Valebia was one of my favorite apparitions since I really enjoyed his thoughts The king on this blackboard is Tribune Cladius Cinna the only hope for the welfare of the legions Known also as the one savage that pleased Rome he has dedicated his life for the Empire the legions Rome has given him the world and he accepted it without uestioning becoming the perfect soldier but at what price Glory and honor did not satisfy him any he felt empty inside discontented with his life the sorrows of the past his lost youth and long forbidden feelings the legions had taken his life away These flames are awakened by the apparition of a young German captive Thessia She changes the tribune s fate being the link to the denied future the breakout from the life s realities a hope that he might once become something elseThessia on the other hand had only one purpose do whatever it takes to become wanted and therefore benefit from the endeavor a gold digger as my friend Jane had characterized her Her capture arrival and Cinna s concubine status stirred the thoughts of the legionnaires even Varus s mind was turned on I actually sympathized with her early on but after reading the last chapters damn you girl As I said before one of my favorites is the scholar Valebia Acting as a personal scribe to Varus writing his unrivaled memoires his great accomplishments Valebia had one purpose in his life to write a great work as to distinguish himself as part of history Throughout the narrative he often ponders and searches for answers his thoughts turned inward and outward bringing humor and philosophy to the table I really enjoyed his palaver Among which there are many worthy mentions one such thought occurred when his mind took off to an unexpected traveler How is it that you bird can suddenly march beside us here alone and unafraid Does death mean so little to you Or is it that the gods were kind in giving you such a little brain so that you could only see and understand momentary things a breeze food the freedom flight I envy you bird but like these men here I cannot truly capture what you are or make of you a true and living part of history Or if I had to characterize Varus and the reasoning for failure I could not be a better judge than Valebia Varus our illustrious fumbling hopelessly stupid General the men were too small too obedient and so it could happen So with one such as he an army could be defeated Varus and the word fate Solon was very crafty with his romance scenes he chose a very subtle approach everything being implied understood from the context without the actual acts of closure I have saved one such scene She was warm She was soft She was a pinpoint of light that grew ebbed expanded contracted He was suspended in space every thought limitless with no need to uestion need to explore In her he found all that needed to be found It was solid had no depth It was beauty without the trace of sight a climax that exploded it all to nothing and it would never be the same again For me this book presented a great doze of authenticity it felt like the real deal I managed to put myself in the boots of the legionnaires the characters and their hardships The battle scenes are good but the chatter is priceless I was no longer hovering over the book but became a character myself view spoiler throwing a Triple Venus with a good rusty full mug on my table hide spoiler