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CLIP 5411

The legend of the Roman Ninth Legion

The legend of the Roman Ninth Legion

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Key Info
  • The legend of the Roman Ninth Legion
  • Duration: 01:08
  • In 1954, the children's novel The Eagle of the Ninth popularised the legend of the disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion in Caledonia. Recent research has shown the Ninth was not defeated by Caledonian tribes but moved to fight in Germany. Most records we have from the time are Roman written accounts, but we have to question if these are reliable. Stories may have become twisted or exaggerated between an event happening in Caledonia and news reaching Rome. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Romans: The Army

  • Keywords: Roman, Scotland, army, The Eagle of the Ninth, 9th legion, Caledonia, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Would link well to a reading of the novel, The Eagle of the Ninth. The clip could also link well to discussion of where we find out information from. Which sources are most reliable: People, television, books, newspapers or the internet?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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