Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an by Stephen Dando-Collins

By Stephen Dando-Collins

This fourth e-book in Dando-Collins’s definitive historical past of Rome’s legions tells the tale of Rome’s third Gallica Legion, which positioned Vespasian at the throne and kept the lifetime of the Christian apostle Paul. Named for his or her chief, Mark Antony, those universal Roman squaddies, via their gallantry at the battlefield, reshaped the Roman Empire and aided the unfold of Christianity all through Europe.

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The Parthian army was divided in three. qxd 8/28/06 20 11:09 AM Page 20 m a r k a n to n y ’s h e r oe s soldiers he had won over in Syria as he advanced northwest into Cilicia. His objective was to roll up all the Roman provinces east of Greece, hoping that the garrisons in his path would come over to him as those in Syria had done. Antony’s legions, including the 3rd Gallica, were the only unknown quantity as far as Labienus was concerned. Sitting immobile in Bithynia while their commander in chief caroused in Egypt, they represented the most powerful card in the game.

In time mutating into the word “emperor,” it was a title bestowed on victorious Roman generals by their troops. Both Pompey and Caesar had been awarded the honor. So, too, had Mark Antony, who began his letters with the title. And now Labienus, only in his twenties, had the title and the victory to match Antony. Now that he occupied Antioch, young Labienus ordered his treasurer to mint gold coins for his troops when the time came to pay them in October. ” At any other time, the Parthicus title would signify a Roman general who had defeated the Parthians.

To the south, Roman cavalry and infantry lay in wait, knowing what route enemy escapees could be expected to take. Cutting the fleeing Parthians off from the crossing across the Euphrates, they surprised and destroyed them. qxd 8/28/06 11:10 AM Page 39 R O U T I N G T H E PA RT H I A N S 39 their loyalty to Rome that the Parthian royal was dead. The grim message had the desired effect. Syrian nobles rushed to congratulate the Roman general and vow their undying loyalty to Mark Antony and the Senate and people of Rome.

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