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La storia della decima legione, fondata da Giulio Cesare e protagonista di primo piano delle sue battaglie più famose, raccontata in un affresco senza precedenti. Con dettagli inediti e particolari interessanti raccolti in trent'anni di ricerca storica, Stephen Dando-Collins descrive le imprese della decima e dei suoi soldati, uomini normali ma capaci di azioni straordinarie, la routine della vita militare, i capolavori strategici di Cesare. Un viaggio unico e affascinante nei segreti della mitica legione, nella storia millenaria di Roma e nella mente di uno dei suoi più grandi generali.
Sembra impossibile, ma è una storia vera
La storia vera della più grande evasione da un campo di prigionia tedesco della seconda guerra mondiale
Oflag 64 era il nome di un campo per prigionieri di guerra costruito durante il secondo conflitto mondiale a Schubin, in Polonia. Fu occupato quasi esclusivamente dagli ufficiali dell’esercito americano: erano migliaia all’inizio. Nel gennaio del 1945, il comandante tedesco Fritz Schneider ricevette l’ordine di trasferire i prigionieri con una lunga marcia verso la Germania occidentale per sfuggire all’avanzata della Russia. Per i detenuti era l’occasione ideale per tentare di riguadagnare la libertà e alcuni, con una buona dose di fermezza e astuzia, si misero a progettare incredibili piani per sottrarsi definitivamente alla sorveglianza dei loro aguzzini. Le evasioni da Schubin sono passate alla storia per essere di gran lunga le più spettacolari della Seconda guerra mondiale, più ancora della famosa “grande fuga” del 1944. Con l’avvicendarsi di personaggi come il braccio destro di Eisenhower, il genero del comandante Patton e il figlio maggiore di Hemingway, Stephen Dando-Collins narra le commoventi vicende di eroici soldati e di coraggiosi polacchi disposti a rischiare la propria vita pur di salvarli dai nazisti.
L’orrore infinito dei campi di prigionia nazisti
Un grande desiderio di libertà
L’evasione più spettacolare della seconda guerra mondiale
Una storia vera di coraggio ed eroismo mai raccontata prima
è uno storico specializzato in eventi militari e ha già pubblicato con successo numerosi libri, tradotti in oltre dieci Paesi.
No book on Roman history has attempted to do what Stephen Dando-Collins does in Legions of Rome: to provide a complete history of every Imperial Roman legion and what it achieved as a fighting force. The author has spent the last thirty years collecting every scrap of available evidence from numerous sources: stone and bronze inscriptions, coins, papyrus and literary accounts in a remarkable feat of historical detective work.
The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 provides a detailed account of what the legionaries wore and ate, what camp life was like, what they were paid and how they were motivated and punished. The section also contains numerous personal histories of individual soldiers. Part 2 offers brief unit histories of all the legions that served Rome for 300 years from 30BC. Part 3 is a sweeping chronological survey of the campaigns in which the armies were involved, told from the point of view of particular legions.
Lavish, authoritative and beautifully produced, Legions of Rome will appeal to ancient history enthusiasts and military history buffs alike.
An exploration of myth, legend, and origin stories passed from generation to generation.
In the thirteenth century BC, a quarter of a century before the Trojan War, seven Greek warrior heroes went against the Greek city of Thebes to restore one of their number to the throne of his father, the famous King Oedipus. Several children of those seven heroes would later take part in the siege of Troy.
This adventure was equal in the minds of Greeks and Romans with the siege of Troy as told in Homer’s epic The Iliad, an event which it predated by a generation. And while the story contains mythical elements, there are no factual, historical, or archaeological reasons to suggest that the military campaign did not take place much as described.
Initially sung in verse and later committed to written form via histories, ancient poems, and plays, Seven Against Thebes is a historical narrative concerning one of the greatest military adventures of all time.
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The Great Roman Empire was no stranger to rebellions, but who were the rebels behind these lost causes, and what fueled their brazen plights?
Despite their many differences, the rebels of the Roman Empire had one thing in common: all were Romans, or onetime Roman allies, who attempted to overthrow Roman rule within the bounds of the Roman Empire. Many of these rebels succeeded in humbling Rome, for a time. But in the end, Rome always prevailed, occasionally through the ineptitude of the rebels, but more often through the skills of Roman generals who rose to the occasion after others had failed.
Rome’s greatest rebels took on many forms—including royalty, enslaved people, foreigners serving in the Roman army, over-ambitious Roman governors, a handful of genuine freedom fighters—but all had the courage and audacity to oppose the greatest empire the world had known to that time. These are their stories . . .
"A marvelous book. Constantine at the Bridge is an engaging and beautifully written study of a pivotal moment in Roman and European history." —Mark Felton, author of Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini's Colditz
The AD 312 Battle of the Milvian Bridge, just outside Rome, marked the start of a monumental change for Rome and her empire. This battle was the figurative bridge between old pagan Rome and new Christian Rome. And once Constantine had crossed that bridge, there was no turning back.
After winning this battle against his brother-in-law Maxentius and taking power at Rome, Constantine the Great—strongly influenced by his mother—forcefully steered Romans away from the traditional worship of their classical gods toward Christianity, setting Rome on two paths: the adoption of Christianity as the state religion, and the relegation of the city of Rome to obscurity as the Western Roman Empire collapsed within 175 years.
En este libro sobre Calígula, el emperador más tristemente célebre de Roma, Stephen Dando-Collins relata todas las intrigas palaciegas, los asesinatos que llevaron a su proclamación y detalla los horrores de su enloquecido reinado y sus homicidas consecuencias que llegaron de mano de su hermana Agripina la Menor, su tío Claudio y su sobrino Nerón.
El autor reúne, con gran habilidad, las piezas del rompecabezas que conforman la vida e influencias de Calígula y muestra en perspectiva su paranoico reinado al tiempo que examina las traiciones y muertes de las que fue testigo, así como la aparición de una enfermedad casi letal que se cree que afectó su salud mental.
Una obra que sumerge de lleno al lector en los asesinatos, la locura y el caos en la Antigua Roma.
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN STEPHEN DANDO-COLLINS PROVIDES UNPARALLELED NEW INSIGHT INTO THE FIRST JEWISH REVOLT
Dando-Collins details the conflict from both sides of the 7-year campaign. His examination of the revolt draws upon numerous archaeological and forensic discoveries made in recent years to illuminate the people and events as never before.
Neither side emerges from the conflict unscathed. Both were at times equally heroic and barbaric. In the end, the Jewish freedom fighters lost the war and lost Jerusalem, their holy city– the focus of the campaign by both sides. Yet today, Jerusalem is once more the heart of the Jewish faith, while, thanks to Christianity–an offshoot of Judaism–the Roman Empire and its gods are long gone.
Conquering Jerusalem illustrates that faith can have its rewards, and the tables can be turned, if you wait long enough.
Cyrus the Great was a brilliant general who founded the Persian Empire, greatest empire of its day. He was also the king who freed the Jews from exile at Babylon and allowed them to return to Jerusalem, with the Bible describing him as the only non Jew "anointed by god." Cyrus influenced the US Bill of Rights, and is the biblical figure to whom US President Donald Trump has been favorably compared by Christian evangelicals and the Prime Minister of Israel.
In this first ever modern biography of Cyrus, noted historical biographer and author of 43 books Stephen Dando-Collins describes Cyrus' fraught youth, his rise to power via rebellion, his dashing military campaigns that destroyed the Median, Lydian and Babylonian empires, and his uniquely magnanimous reign.
With his usual depth of research and highly readable narrative Dando-Collins cuts through myth and folklore to deliver a fascinating account of a fascinating life.
Explore all of the murder, madness and mayhem in Ancient Rome during the reign of the mad emperor, Caligula.
In this book about Rome’s most infamous emperor, expert author, Stephen Dando-Collins’ chronicles all the palace intrigues and murders that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and details the horrors of his manic reign and the murderous consequences brought about at the hand of his sister Agrippina the Younger, his uncle Claudius and his nephew Nero.
Skillfully researched, Dando-Collins puts the jigsaw pieces together to form an accurate picture of Caligula’s life and influences. Dando-Collins’ precise and thorough examination of the emperor’s life puts Caligula’s paranoid reign into perspective, examining the betrayals and deaths he experienced prior to his time in power and the onset of a near-fatal illness believed to have affected his mental-health.
In addition to the many periods of success, there were also great crashes including an infamous Chuck Berry tour that failed to attract audiences and forced Stiggy to declare bankruptcy.
In early 1966, Stigwood became the booking agent for the Who and also began managing the fledgling British group Cream, signing them to his record label Reaction, and their album was immediately successful.
Stigwood’s ability to pick and promote talent was astounding and he was also known for his many fallings-out.
In 1967 the Australian group the Bee Gees arrived in the UK and Stigwood claimed that they were going to be as big as the Beatles. By April, the Bee Gees had their first top 20 hit, and by September their first UK no 1.
Stigwood moved into theatre production and took Hair to London. After hearing a demo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Stigwood invested in the project. He oversaw the New York stage production and in 1973 produced the film adaptation. Stigwood continued to work with Lloyd Webber right up to the 1996 film of Evita.
Stiggy got involved in making British television sitcoms and adapting them for US audiences. After watching John Travolta in Welcome Back Kotter, Stigwood signed him to a three-picture deal. After reading an article by British journalist Nik Cohn Stigwood developed it into the feature film Saturday Night Fever and asked the Bee Gees to write its music. The album soundtrack remains the biggest seller of its kind while the film proved a huge hit and helped make disco music an international phenomenon. Stigwood then produced the film of the musical Grease.
Stigwood lived it up with private planes, yachts, a Central Park West penthouse
and staff. The failure of the big-budget musical film of the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band got to him and he sold his record label. Though his ability to create success had not left him entirely with musical productions and films benefitting from his involvement into the 1990s.
For many years he lived a mostly reclusive life in an estate on the Isle of Wight though remained a part of the lives of the Gibb family.