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Sometime about A.D. 117, the Ninth Legion, which was stationed at Eburacum, where York now stands, marched north, and was never heard of again.
Excerpt from the introduction
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The Rosemary Sutcliff historical novel published in 1954 about a young Roman soldier named Marcus Flavius Aquila who goes on a quest to find the eagle standard of his father. It is loosely based on the mystery of the real Roman Ninth Legion, which disappears from the historical record after having last been mentioned as present in Scotland in the early 2nd century. This book sets up later novels featuring descendents of the protagonist. The 2011 film The Eagle is based upon this novel, but the earlier (1977) BBC TV series (titled The Eagle of the Ninth) is a more faithful adaption (perhaps because the 2011 film omits some characters and events for the sake of brevity).


This book (and the 1977 TV series) provide examples of:

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 Cottia: Where is Cub?

Marcus: Making love to Sasstica for a bone.

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  Esca: You are the builders of coursed stone walls, the makers of straight roads and ordered justice and disciplined troops.

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  Marcus: You don't like being a freed-man, do you? Well, I don't like being lame.

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  Marcus: Why Cottia, you have grown up!

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  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Marcus and Esca have their moments when Placidus is around; Marcus especially when he lovingly describes Placidus's appearance.
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 Esca: He was a splendid young Tribune, smooth as a girl!

Marcus: ...an extremely beautiful young man, with the graceful carriage, oval face, and clustering hair that suggested Athenian ancestry.

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