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LegioXVII last won the day on August 12 2016

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About LegioXVII

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    My book: "Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War," ancient Rome, Roman Army,reading and writing, bird watching
  1. Legio XVII: The Eagle Strikes

    That's very kind of you and I truly appreciate it. I honestly believe this is the best book of the four. Lots of action! And my editor cleaned up all my grammatical and spelling errors, so it should read smoothly.
  2. I'm happy to announce that I just published book #4 in the Legio XVII series on Amazon and Smashwords. I think it's the best one yet! Here's the book's description: Following Hannibal’s defeat by Publius Cornelius Scipio at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC, Rome dramatically reduces the size of its Army and withdraws her Legions from Northern Italy. Carthaginian General Hamilcar though had remained in Northern Italy after Mago’s defeat in 203 BC to stir the Gauls to rebellion against Rome, leading to the sacking of the Roman colony at Placentia and the siege of the colony at Cremona. Rome responds to the threat by sending three Legions to the area who come face to face with 35,000 Gauls in the Battle of Cremona. Shortly after the battle, Legio XVII is forced to take refuge on a hill and fortify it against repeated attacks by 13,000 Apuani warriors who arrive too late to fight at Cremona but still aim to do their part to destroy Rome. This story follows Titus, son of retired Praetor Manius Tullus of Legio XVII, from the time he marries the daughter of the Cenomani Chief in 205 BC, through his military training, to his participation in the Battle of Cremona in 200 BC and its exciting aftermath. Here's the Amazon link:https://www.amazon.com/Legio-XVII-Strikes-Thomas-Timmes-ebook/dp/B01I8HH38S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468247842&sr=8-1&keywords=Legio+XVII%3A++The+Eagle+Strikes
  3. Pontius Pilate. Who is he and why should I read a book about him? Will this book add to my general knowledge of history and Roman history in particular? I know he’s mentioned several times in the Bible’s New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to be specific, and has a 2,000 year reputation as a bad guy. Is there more to know? The answer is yes, quite a bit, as I discovered. Click on the link below to read the rest of the review. http://www.unrv.com/book-review/the-redemption-of-pontius-pilate.php
  4. Legio XVII: Battle of Zama

    Thank you! Book 1 starts with Hannibal's invasion of Italy (after presenting some background) and book3 concludes the 2nd Punic War with Hannibal's defeat at Zama. Legio XVII and its Legate Manius Tullus are the focus of the three books, but they don't interfere with real historical events. The purpose of Manius and Legio XVII is to depict a typical Legion of the period who supports the war effort. I tend to get into the weeds a lot, but that's real life. Strategic and operational goals, planning, logistics, training, and troop morale are key to victory on the battlefield. That's the aspect of war that I am most familiar with and that's what I write about. Some readers appreciate that while others want more relatable characters. I will be interested in your observations if you care to post them.
  5. Legio XVII: Battle of Zama

    Whew! Warms my heart to hear that. I hope it continues to meet your expectations.
  6. Legio XVII: Battle of Zama

    Very impressive numbers! Thank you for taking the time to post it.
  7. Legio XVII: Battle of Zama

    The Legio XVII series, Roman Legion at War, Battle of the Danube, and just published Battle of Zama are historical fiction novels that take place during Rome’s Second Punic War with Carthage (218 - 202 BC). The fictional exploits of Legio XVII are impacted by the Punic War and the Legion's military operations are conducted in support of the overall war effort, but do not intrude into or alter actual historical events. Together, the three books present a complete summary of that ancient War. Readers are immersed in battlefield clashes, innovative tactics, strategic planning, and inspiring leadership. Legio XVII: Battle of Zama - by Thomas A. Timmes Legio XVII: Battle of the Danube - by Thomas A. Timmes Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War - by Thomas A Timmes
  8. Legio XVII: Battle of the Danube

    Indeed it is! I am truly amazed! I was in the 1st POG 79-81 and then commanded the 9th POG 87-89. Some of the best years of my career. Great people. I was also the PSYOP Staff Office on the Army Staff, PSYOP Division Chief on the Joint Staff, and worked PSYOP in SO/LIC at OSD. Thanks for this website and for mentioning our connection. I appreciate it.
  9. I just published book 2 in the series Legio XVII. It may be found at Amazon, B&N, Apple etc. Here's the link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Legio-XVII-Battle-Thomas-Timmes-ebook/dp/B00QOEUHSQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418220917&sr=1-1&keywords=Legio+XVII
  10. Life in a Legionary Fortress

    My review of Tim Copeland's book Life in a Legionary Fortress may be found at the following site: http://www.unrv.com/book-review/life-in-a-roman-legionary-fortress.php
  11. Just read the review. Looks like an interesting if complicated account of Roman diplomatic strategy towards Greece and Macedonia in the 1st Century BC. I like how the reviewer draws a few parallels to current U.S. policy in the Middle East. Thanks for posting.
  12. Book Reviewed by Legio XVII, author of "Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War" Cline’s challenge in 1177 B.C. is to examine the causes of the near simultaneous destruction and disappearance of five flourishing eastern Mediterranean civilizations including their 47 largest settlements. What calamity or series of calamities occurred at roughly the same time? This is the task the author explores using ancient texts, archeology, new technology, new information, and a lot of connecting the dots. Reading this book is much like reading a detective novel. There is suspense, examination of the evidence, reasoning, speculations, and a conclusion. Professor Cline is well qualified to do the heavy lifting. He is the author of 16 books and nearly 100 articles concerning ancient Egypt, the Levant, Anatolia, and several Islands in the Mediterranean. He is a Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at George Washing University with 29 seasons of excavation in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, and Crete. During the Late Bronze Age (LBA) (1500–1200 B.C.), the region encompassing modern Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece and several islands in the Mediterranean maintained a stable, thriving, sophisticated, and interconnected system of commerce and diplomacy. Yet, archeological discoveries over the past 100 years reveal that circa 1177 B.C. these once powerful empires simply ceased to function and vanished. Gone were the Hittites, the Mitanni, the Greek Minoan-Mycenaean Empire, and their numerous settlements. Egypt and Babylonia suffered a similar fate, but reappeared. The LBA Collapse, as it is called, was devastating for the region and its inhabitants. The effects of the Collapse reverberated for centuries ushering in the world’s first Dark Ages. Cline describes the effects of the Collapse: “...civilization in this part of the world was set back, in some places for centuries, and altered irrevocably. ...it was a loss such as the world would not see again until the Roman Empire collapsed....†Cline uses the first three chapters to describe the highly developed system of commerce and diplomacy that had grown and matured in the region from 1500-1200 B.C. In the remaining two chapters, he addresses the Collapse, empire by empire, settlement by settlement, and its possible causes using old and new archeological evidence. Cline examines all the standard reasons given for the Collapse such as invasion by the “Sea People,†social uprisings, natural disasters, systems collapse, warfare changes and weather. He concludes that, “the best solution is to suggest that all of these factors together contributed ....The combined effects of “earthquakes, drought, and invaders...occurring in rapid succession [caused] a domino effect in which the disintegration of one civilization led to the fall of the other.†Examining the Collapse is not a new topic. There are several recent books available as well as numerous articles that focus on specific causes such as invasion or earthquakes. So why read this book? Archeology is like a big puzzle. As more and more pieces are fit into place, a clearer picture begins to emerge. Old excavations continue to yield new artifacts and new information. New technology enabled archeologists to remove sediment cores from the Mediterranean, Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea to shed new light on climate variables such as drought. In an interview, Cline said many people will read the book simply to learn about the LBA, but many are “more interested in the fact that the Collapse occurred and see parallels to today’s world.†Could today’s world suffer the same fate? Unfortunately, Cline does not speculate about this, but readers of 1177 B.C. are certainly free to do so. I don’t know when I’ve appreciated a book as much as 1177 B.C. If you enjoy learning, you will enjoy this book! Highly recommend.