Thundering Legion

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thundering Legion the name in Christian tradition for a body of soldiers under Marcus Aurelius, whose prayers for rain once brought down a thunderstorm and destroyed the enemy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. legion-emlegĕre, to levy.

Usage

In literature:

Then came the sound of angel legions, and thunder at the blush of dawn.
"Codex Junius 11" by Unknown
Struck by this wonderful success, the emperor honored the Christians in an edict and named their legion The Thundering.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Lances and sabers were held aloft, and the earth thundered with the tread of the mounted legions.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Dion says that the Thundering legion was stationed in Cappadocia in the time of Augustus.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Legion, Thundering, 387; Theban, 387.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
I asked him once why in thunder he did not get out of this confounded Legion.
"In the Foreign Legion" by Erwin Rosen
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In poetry:

The East bowed low before the blast
In patient, deep disdain;
She let the legions thunder past,
And plunged in thought again.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold
Soon, all too soon, the spindrift and the spume,
The legions of the surge that fleetly form;
The gray, illimitable wastes of gloom--
The thunderous caves of storm!
"Autumn" by Clinton Scollard
Impassive, iron, he and they!--and then
With eagle-keener ken
Glanced through the field, the crisis-instant knew,
And through the gap of war
His thundering legions on their victory threw.
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave