I went to the cinema today and watched the movie Eagle, it was a good film, but when I returned home I thought i would research the 9th Legion.
One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion.
So, Who were they?
The 9th legion were a feared legion of the Roman army. They were first commanded by Caesar.
In AD 43 they probably participated in the Roman invasion of Britain led by emperor Claudius and general Aulus Plautius, because they soon appear amongst the provincial garrison.
Around AD 71 they constructed a new fortress at York, as shown by finds of tile-stamps from the site.
So, why the mystery?
No one knows for sure why, but sometime after 108/9 AD, the legion all but disappeared from the records. The popular version of events propagated by numerous books, television programmes and films is that the Ninth, at the time numbering some 4,000 men, was sent to vanquish the Picts of modern day Scotland, and mysteriously never returned. They disappeared.
Legend has it that the Ninth later embarked on its fateful march against the Picts, a confederation of tribes located in modern day eastern and northern Scotland, and was annihilated, prompting Emperor Hadrian to cut his losses in the north of Britain and build his famous wall from coast to coast. This appears to be the point where myth overtakes reality however numerous scraps of evidence suggest the Legio IX Hispana met a different fate.
Some say that Hadrian decided to move the 9th again, to somewhere else in the Roman empire.
The film however depicts that most of the 9th were massacred by Scots, but some got away. It tells the story of a soldier, whose father was in the 9th, who goes beyond Hadrians wall to recover the Bronze eagle of the ninth, and find out the trueth about his father. I don't want to give much more away about the film but I would recommend watching it.
I put alot of effort and time into this, so please tell me what you think.
Hope you liked this,
I was on the fence about seeing the movie due to the actors they used, but I think I'll give it a go now.
Thanks for that, the film was very good, I enjoyed the beginning alot, and the part when Marcus goes past Hadrians Wall was very good.