Who Is The Eagle Of The Ninth Legion

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The Eagle is a 2011 film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and Donald Sutherland are the stars. The movie is based on the book The Eagle of the Ninth which was published in 1954. The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion's supposed disappearance in Britain. The movie begins in the year AD 140, twenty years after the Ninth Legion disappeared in North Britain. Marcus Flavius Aquila, a Roman soldier, arrives in Britain to serve. Marcus’ father disappeared 20 years earlier with the eagle so Marcus chose North Britain as his first post to hope to get the eagle back. The post becomes under attack by a Celtic tribe and Marcus is injured. He was honorably discharged from the Roman army. Marcus…show more content…
They meet Guern, a Roman who has survived on the other side of the wall. He is one of the survivors of the Ninth Legion. He tells them that almost everyone in the Ninth Legion was killed, and that the eagle was taken by the Seal People, the most dangerous and vicious of the tribes. Marcus and Esca continue to travel north until they are found by the Seal People. Esca makes up a lie and tells the tribe that Marcus is his Roman slave. Esca is welcomed to the tribe on behalf that they have never heard of a Roman slave. After several days of Esca hanging out with the Seal People, he and Marcus plot to find the eagle and leave. Just as they find the eagle they are attacked by several of the Seal warriors and the chief of the tribe. Marcus and Esca escape the attack and eventually escape from the…show more content…
Marcus gives Esca the eagle, grants him his freedom, and tells him to take the eagle back to Roman territory. Esca refuses to leave Marcus but he decides to go find help. He returns just as the Seal People are upon Marcus with survivors of the Ninth Legion. The Legion wants to redeem themselves and want Marcus as their leader. The Seal People begin to attack, but they are nothing compared to the Ninth. They defeat the Seal People, and head back to Roman territory. Marcus returns the eagle back to the governor in Londinium and everyone is astonished. Lastly and most importantly, the governor restores order to Marcus’ family name. I learned that the time period of the Roman Empire was a very dangerous time to live and that the empire was constantly being under attack by outside forces. No wonder the empire eventually fell. Some questions that I had were why Hadrian’s Wall was built in the first place? Hadrian's Wall was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian. The primary function of Hadrian's Wall was to keep out the Picts. The Picts were a tribe from modern day Scotland. The Roman Army had advanced into north England but attacks by the Picts made life difficult for them. Hadrian built the wall to keep the army prosperous and

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