Asterix the Legionary
|Asterix the Legionary
|Date of publication||1967|
|Preceded by||Asterix and the Normans|
|Followed by||Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield|
Asterix and Obelix are setting off for a wild boar hunt when they encounter Panacea, and Obelix immediately falls in love with her. Some hours later, Panacea receives word that her fiancé Tragicomix has been conscripted into the Roman army and shipped to North Africa; and Obelix promises to retrieve him. Therefore Asterix and Obelix travel to Condatum, where they learn that Tragicomix has already left for Massilia, the Mediterranean port from which the soldiers depart, and themselves enlist in the army to follow him, alongside Hemispheric the Goth; Selectivemploymentax the Briton; Gastronomix the Belgian; Neveratalos the Greek; and Ptenisnet, an Egyptian tourist who spends the entire book believing himself to be in a holiday camp. After a brief initiation, the newly formed unit sets off as reinforcements to Caesar against Scipio, Afranius, and King Juba I of Numidia. Asterix and Obelix soon find out that Tragicomix has gone missing in action after a skirmish, and raid Scipio's camp to recover him. This provokes the Battle of Thapsus. The Gauls are cornered by Caesar after the battle is over; but released and sent home for their assistance in his victory. Asterix and Obelix thereafter celebrate at home, while Panacea and Tragicomix return to Condatum to marry.
This is the first and maybe the only time that Asterix never joined the usual ending banquet,besides when he was off in India.
The legion which Asterix and Obelix enlisted consists of mostly foreigners,just the French Foreign Legion does recruit foreigners on their ranks.