14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit this one is a little confusing. After all, the whole mystery is more than a little confusing. So here is a list of the bits of evidence we’re talking about.

– The Ninth was nearly destroyed in a night assault by the Caledonians during Agricola’s northern campaign.
– The last known battle the Ninth was in was Mons Graupius.
– 108 AD, The Ninth built a gate at Eboracum (York).
– Post 117 AD (probably 119 to 121) there was a major rebellion in Britannia.
– 80’s AD or 121 AD, there were tiles at Nijmegen (Holland) stamped by the Ninth.
– Tiles similar to those were also found at Carlisle.
– A tombstone at Ferentinum references an emergency in Britannia that required 3,000 reinforcements.
– 122 AD, Hadrian traveled to Britannia to “correct many faults” and he brought with him the Sixth Legion.
– The Sixth legion took the post of Eboracum, which was the Ninth’s post. No mention is made of where the Ninth went.
– 142 AD, Governor Carus, who served with the Ninth, became the Governor of Arabia.
– Frontinus writes to Emperor Aurelius reminding him how his grandfather (Hadrian) suffered a major loss of troops to the Jews and the Britons.
– 162 AD, the Aurelian columns don’t list the Ninth or Twenty Second legions.
– The Twenty Second probably served in the Jewish wars and the Ninth was stationed in Britannia.

That should just about cover it.

Oh, and The Eagle is not a good film.

13 Responses to “14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion”

  1. I am absolutely loving your series but I am not able to download your most recent podcast, The Mystery of the Ninth Legion, to my iPod, despite having booted and rebooted my computer, reconfiguring the iPod and opening, closing and reopening iTunes. In order to see if it was a problem with the album, I tried downloading one of your earlier podcasts again and it worked flawlessly. Any suggestions?


  2. Hi Brian, can you give it a try again? I just checked it on my machine and it seems to work, so maybe it was just a bug on the server that’s been resolved. If it still persists, can you give me some more information? For example, are you trying to open it up on a computer, or directly through your ipod?

    • Thanks for answering, Jamie. Yes, I’ve been downloading your series from iTunes and listening to it on my iPod. The trouble with the Ninth Legion episode still persists, despite the fact that I’ve had no trouble downloading the newest episode, Hadrian’s Wall. I don’t want to take your attention away from creating this marvelous podcast, so if you are stymied for a solution, I’ll Google the issue and get back to you with whatever successful answer that comes up.

      • I’ll just email you the MP3 directly. Can you email me at thebritishhistorypodcast@gmail.com with an email addy that can handle a 40+ meg file, please?

        • Will do. Thank you.


          • Success! Apologies for not knowing I have some kind of 25 meg file limit on my e-mail account, but your suggestion to download it to my computer using the URL you sent me worked. This senior citizen still hasn’t figured out how to get it from the “recently added” window on iTunes to my iPod but, hey, I’m able to listen to it through my computer so, happiness is…

            And thanks for all the work. You’re a special guy who goes above and beyond.


          • Great news! I hope it was worth all the trouble, haha! Please let me know if you have any other issues.

  3. Jamie,

    I completely agree with your assessment of The Eagle. I was so excited given that this was a Roman historical drama. But it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It’s awful at every level, historical accuracy, history, acting, direction, screenplay. I still get angry just thinking about it!!! I had to re-watch a few episodes of HBO’s Rome, and read some Robert Harris and Steven Saylor to cleanse my historical entertainment palate. I’m going to stop now or you might have to censor this post ;)

    • There was another film about that period, it was called Centurion. While it wasn’t a good movie, it was certainly more entertaining than The Eagle.

      • Yep, I watched Centurion and liked it a lot better than the Eagle. I agree, on its own it was not that great of a movie but it certainly was entertaining, and the production values and acting were much better. I am a big fan of Dominick West after watching The Wire, and loved him in the Centurion despite his short screen time.

  4. Hey, I’ve just started listening to your series and I’m really enjoying it so far!

    I know this is way to late to change it, but you pronounced the name Nijmegen incorrectly. Using other words to approximate, it’s pronounced nigh-may-gun, at least I’m pretty sure it’s like this.

    Just thought I’d let you know :-)

  5. ChibiMethos says:

    Not to necromance this, but I just found your podcast. And you are right: The Eagle was absolutely *god-awful*!

  6. I had pushed all remembrance of The Eagle out of my mind until this podcast…I only watched about 20 minutes of it. Painful memories to bring up.

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