Talk on Roman History with Dr Simon Elliott
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About the Event
Legio IX Hispana had a long and active history, later founding York from where it guarded the northern frontiers in Britain. But the last evidence for its existence in Britain comes from AD 108. The mystery of its disappearance has inspired debate and imagination for decades. The most popular theory, immortalized in Rosemary Sutcliffe's novel The Eagle of the Ninth, is that the legion was sent to fight the Caledonians in Scotland and wiped out there. But more recent archaeology (including evidence that London was burnt to the ground, amid hundreds of decapitated heads) suggests a crisis, not on the border but in the heart of the province, previously thought to have been peaceful at this time. What if IX Hispana took part in a rebellion, leading to their punishment, disbandment and damnatio memoriae (official erasure from the records)? This proposed ‘Hadrianic War' would then be the real context for Hadrian's ‘visit' in AD 122 with a whole new legion, legio VI Victrix, which replaced the ‘vanished' ninth as the garrison in York. Other theories are that it was lost on the Rhine or Danube, or in the East. Simon Elliott considers the evidence for these four theories, and other possibilities, in this talk based on his recently published book on the subject.
Please see extract in the Times of 29th January 2021: The murky fate of Roman Britain’s lost ninth legion | News | The Times
See also Daily Mail online dated 30th January 2021: Hidden fate of lost ninth legion: Were 5,500 Roman troops wiped out in LONDON? | Daily Mail Online
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More about Simon's work can be found at: https://vimeo.com/504889150
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