Pen and Sword Books: Eager for Glory by Lindsay Powell, Graham Sumner

Eager for Glory
Eager for Glory (8 reviews)
The Untold Story of Drusus The Elder, Conqueror of Germania
by Lindsay Powell
Foreword by Graham Sumner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: Ancient History Books
Rome Books
234 pages
ISBN: 9781848843332
Published: 13 June 2011
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“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 one of the most extraordinary figures of Caesar Augustus’ family and the original conqueror of Germania Magna. Yet for too long his life and exploits have been consigned to footnotes in the annals of the Roman Empire. In fact, Drusus the Elder is the most important Roman who has not been written about - until now in EAGER FOR GLORY.

Drusus was a stepson of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, 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, the Empire’s most popular general, and the future emperor Claudius. 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 from Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, as well as astronomy and medical science, Lindsay Powell has produced a highly entertaining and readable, but definitive account of this great Roman.
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Admitting the sparsity of evidence directly related to Drusus, Powell...has nonetheless done an excellent job. The result is a surprisingly detailed, readable look at a long-forgotten great captain, with some thoughtful insights into the Roman... [read full review]
Military biographies tend to be written by the same historic figures over and over again. There are dozens of books devoted to men like Julius Caesar, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, etc. There is a popular... [read full review]
Ferrous Lands
Eager for Glory is worthy of a place on the shelf of any ancient warfare fan. It is warmly recommended.
Ancient Warfare Magazine
This is a remarkably readable book. We don't know a lot about Drusus, and most of the accounts of his campaigns are lost, but Lindsay Powell gathers together what there is and produces a coherent... [read full review]
Miniature Wargames
Powell gives a solid account of the life and times of Drusus with an enviable lightness of literary touch. More to the point, he pulls off the difficult task of putting Drusus' career into the... [read full review]
Adrian Murdoch
Historian Lindsay Powell explains conquest of Germania

An historian with a passion for ancient military history stormed into Wokingham last week to talk about his latest book.

Lindsay Powell was invited to talk... [read full review]

Wokingham Times, September 07, 2011
"A real pleasure to read a book that is a page-turner for anyone interested in Ancient Rome!"
- Alberto Pérez Rubio, Editor, Desperta Ferro.
This ground-breaking book will appeal to all interested in ancient world history, biography, military history and adventure stories, but will be of particular interest to those studying classics in academia, Roman period re-enactment and numismatics.
Heritage and History
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About Lindsay Powell
Lindsay Powell 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, he is a veteran of The Ermine Street Guard re-enactment society. He is news editor of Ancient Warfare magazine and has written for Military Heritage, Strategy and Tactics and regularly contributes to Author of the acclaimed Eager for Glory and Germanicus, he is currently working on a new book for Pen and Sword about Caesar Augustus' right-hand man, Marcus Agrippa. Visit him at
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