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Give Me Back My Legions!

Give Me Back My Legions!

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Harry Turtledove

St. Martin's Press


Bestselling author Harry Turtledove turns his attention to an epic battle that pits three Roman legions against Teutonic barbarians in a thrilling novel of Ancient Rome: Give Me Back My Legions!

Publius Quinctilius Varus, a Roman politician, is summoned by the Emperor, Augustus Caesar. Given three legions and sent to the Roman frontier east of the Rhine, his mission is to subdue the barbarous German tribes where others have failed, and bring their land fully under Rome's control.

Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci, is playing a deadly game. He serves in the Roman army, gaining Roman citizenship and officer's rank, and learning the arts of war and policy as practiced by the Romans. What he learns is essential for the survival of Germany, for he must unite his people against Rome before they become enslaved by the Empire and lose their way of life forever.

An epic battle is brewing, and these two men stand on opposite sides of what will forever be known as The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest—a ferocious, bloody clash that will change the course of history.

Chapter One

Rome brawled around Publius Quinctilius Varus. Half a dozen stalwart lectiarii bore his sedan chair through the streets towards Augustus' house on the Palatine hill. The slaves wore matching red tunics. Their smooth,...

Praise for Give Me Back My Legions!

“A compelling story about one of Rome's greatest military disasters.” —Newt Gingrich, New York Times-bestselling author of Days of Infamy

“The Battle of Teutoburg Forest was a watershed event for the early Roman Empire, and one that defined the political and cultural lines of Europe that exist to this day. Turtledove's searing account clears the cobwebs off this ancient and nearly forgotten disaster, and brings it to vivid and startling life for modern readers.” —Michael Curtis Ford, bestselling author of The Ten Thousand

“Harry Turtledove has brought to life the actors in a pivotal event that altered the fate of both Rome and Germany. A good read, filled with history writ both large and small.” —H.A. Drake, Roman Historian, University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Constantine and the Bishops


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Harry Turtledove

HARRY TURTLEDOVE is a bestselling author and one of the top writers of alternate history and historical fiction, including The Guns of the South, The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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