The Disappearance of the Ninth Legion: A Mystery Solved? [Paperback]

Jonathan Auty(Author)

ISBN: 9781784911669 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Series: Archaeopress Roman Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2022 | 100p, Illustrated throughout in black & white.
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The Disappearance of the Ninth Legion


The Mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Ninth Legion is one that, since Rosemary Sutcliffe’s book The Eagle of the Ninth and the follow up radio plays, TV series and Hollywood movies, has captured the public imagination. Many academics, archaeologists and popular writers have speculated as to what happened to the elite fighting unit and whether they were destroyed in Britain, mutinied or were simply transferred (and ultimately wiped out) somewhere else in the Empire. This book presents the first detailed forensic examination of both archaeological and historical sources, analyzing the primary dataset rather than simply speculating on what has been said before. The conclusions reached in this study help to resolve the disappearance of this unlucky Roman military unit once and for all. This book will intrigue and enthrall the general public and academic community alike.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Literary Review
3. Methodology
4. The Ninth Legion
5. Archaeological Evidence
6. Archaeological Sites occupied by the Ninth
7. The Disappearance of the Ninth
8. Discussion: What happened to the Ninth?
9. Conclusion
10. Bibliography
11. Appendices - Catalogue of artefacts belonging to the Ninth Legion

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