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Dear Mr Riches I have read the empire and also the Centurions series which I thought were both fantastic but would like to know about the legions of at least the names of them are they real or fictitious and I just say how much I look forward to the next series of empire.
Huge apologies for the slow response – I’ve not been getting notifications from the website! And all the legions I mention are 100% genuine.
Hello Anthony Enjoying your Centurions Series but as advised to look on your website for the three questions regarding the chance to win a Roman gold coin but can’t find the questions. When you can you please direct me to these?
Huge apologies for the slow response – I’ve not been getting notifications from the website! That competition is long over I’m afraid – with one very happy winner. Glad you’re liking the series!
Love the books, very close to an army feel ( brothers in arms feel ). Can you let us know when the next one is out?cant wait as I have got the whole Empire series.
Huge apologies for the slow response – I’ve not been getting notifications from the website! The next one’s out in October this year, I believe. Hope you like it!
I’be read various books in your Empire series and am always struck by your use of the 1st and 2nd Tungrians. Interesting couple of units. Usually brigaded together and were unusual in each comprising 1000 infantry and 1000 cavalry. Or so I’ve read. You have them a 2 units of 10 centuries each. There’s some debate, I think, about whether they were all double strength centuries. Certainly they seemed to be used a troubleshooting unit after the peace in 180.
It’s fashionable to decry Commodus as a coward, but about three quarters of the Roman army had been fighting a fierce campaign over 4 years placing strains on frontier provinces that were still recovering from plague.The situation you describe in The Scorpion’s strike, you’ve got over taxed, huge food requirements across the Danube and Rhine frontiers. In the rest of the empire, you’ve a constant demand for men and money and too few troops to deal with brigands. It’s no real surprise that Palmyra is being built up, to counter balance the number of Imperial forces withdrawn west, to deter the Parthians. it’s quite possible that the Empire could have imploded had Commodus not made peace.
Huge apologies for the slow response – I’ve not been getting notifications from the website! All fair comments, Commodus was of course painted as a coward by the men who followed him. Although if half the things he’s supposed to have done are true, he wasn’t the most ‘fit’ emperor!.
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