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The Lost Legion

18 March 2011

The mystery of what happened to the Roman Ninth Legion has exercised historians minds for a long  time. Now, shortly before the release of a new film, 'The Eagle', the media have homed in on the possibility it was lost in Scotland. Miles Russell of Bournemouth University, archaeologist and author, seems to think the Roman suffered a major defeat rather than the excuse they were transferred away from Britain and were wiped out somewhere else. Facts are in short supply, but fiction writers have had a field day. Russell says they disappeared in the early 2nd century and this was the impetus for the building of Hadrian's Wall. The Wall, in turn, led to the creation of a major division between England and Scotland, and the nation is divided until this day. The Roman writer Fronto is used to support the theory of a Scottish (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12752497?print=true

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