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“It is not the story as it was — but as it ought to have been.” So wrote the late David Gemmell in the foreword to Ghost King (1988), an Arthurian fantasy. Despite being set in sub-Roman Britain, the Ninth Legion plays an active role in Ghost King and its sequel, Last Sword of Power. Novelists can get away with that sort of thing.

Some readers may be aware of my admiration for the works of David Gemmell. I dedicated For the Glory of Rome to him, and credit him with igniting my interest in the Roman army. …

Ross Cowan

Author of ten books and numerous articles about Roman warfare.

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