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The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion.
The theory that 5,000 of Rome's finest soldiers were lost in the swirling mists of Caledonia, as they marched north to put down a rebellion, forms the basis of a new film, The Eagle, but how much of it is true?
It is easy to understand the appeal of stories surrounding the loss of the Roman Ninth Legion - a disadvantaged band of British warriors inflicting a humiliating defeat upon a well-trained, heavily-armoured professional army.

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Legio Nona Hispana (Ninth Spanish Legion) was a Roman legion alleged to have disappeared in Britain in about AD 117.
The legion was raised, along with the 6th, 7th and 8th, by Pompey in Hispania in 65 BC. Caesar first commanded them as Governor of Further Spain in 61 BC. He brought them over to Gaul around 58 BC, where they were present during the whole campaign of the Gallic wars.

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The Massacre of the Ninth Legion was an event during the revolt against Roman rule in Britain launched by Boudicca, queen of the Iceni of Norfolk.
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