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*October 2016* AD 54. The soldiers of the Roman army patrol a growing Empire, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, from the Atlantic to the banks of the Nile. Rome brutally enforces its rule, and its legions are the most efficient and aggressive fighting force in the world. Two battle-scarred veterans of this army, Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro, have survived years of campaigning in Britannia and have been recalled to Rome.

'The Destruction of 'L'Orient' at the Battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798'. This battle was the climax of a naval campaign that had ranged across the Mediterranean for three months, as a large French convoy carrying Bonaparte's army sailed from Toulon to Alexandria, pursued by a British fleet commanded by Admiral Nelson, The battle, a major British victory, stranded Bonaparte in Egypt and Palestine for months, and established the Royal Navy’s dominance for the rest of the war.

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"The Hazards of War, or, Nelson Wounded". Nelson wounded at the Battle of the Nile, standing on deck with blood streaming from his head, supported by a sailor and pointing towards the battle raging on the right while speaking to Captain Berry; other sailors nearby, including one sitting in the right foreground, nursing his wounded knee. 1798.

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