by Lindsay Powell
Pen and Sword Books (March, 2011)
"Drusus the Elder, illuminated at last in this the first biography of an important personality from the beginnings of Rome's empire and for which Lindsay is to be congratulated."
-- Graham Sumner, co-author Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier
Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus (Drusus the Elder) was regarded by the Romans as the first conqueror of Germania (The Netherlands and Germany) and a hero in the mold of Alexander the Great. Yet there has never been a full volume dedicated to his remarkable story, achievements and legacy. EAGER FOR GLORY brings this heroic figure back to life for a modern audience.
Drusus was a stepson of Augustus, through his marriage to Livia. As a military commander he led daring campaigns by sea and land that pushed the northern frontiers of Rome's empire to the Elbe River. He oversaw one of the largest developments of military infrastructure of the age. He married Marc Antony's daughter, Antonia, and fathered Germanicus, Rome's most popular general, and the future emperor Claudius. He was grandfather of Caligula. He died when he was only 29 and was revered in death.
Drawing on ancient texts, evidence from inscriptions and coins, the latest findings in archaeology, as well as astronomy and medical science, Lindsay Powell has produced a long overdue and definitive account of this great Roman.
Renowned author and illustrator Graham Sumner writes in the foreword to EAGER FOR GLORY, "Lindsay has produced a highly entertaining, thoughtful and readable account of a great Roman, which I am sure will be a treasured work on any Roman enthusiast's bookshelf". This ground-breaking book will appeal to all interested in ancient world history, biography, military history and adventure stories, and will be of particular interest to those studying classics in academia, Roman period re-enactment and numismatics.
Lindsay Powell is a historian, media communications professional and writer who has a passion for the military history of the Roman Empire. A graduate of The University of Aston in Birmingham, England, he is a veteran of renowned The Ermine Street Guard re-enactment society. He is a regular feature writer and podcaster for Ancient Warfare and has written for Military Heritage and Strategy & Tactics magazines. He divides his time between Austin, Texas and Wokingham, England.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Illustrations: 41 color plates, 12 map and plans