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IX Legion


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"Legio IX Hispana ("9th Spanish Legion"),[1] also written Legio VIIII Hispana,[2] was a legion of the Imperial Roman army that existed from the 1st century BC until at least 120 AD. The legion fought in various provinces of the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. It was stationed in Britain following the Roman invasion in 43 AD. The legion disappears from surviving Roman records after c. 120 AD and there is no extant account of what happened to it.

One theory was that the legion was wiped out in action in northern Britain soon after 108 AD.  This theory fell out of favor among modern scholars as successive inscriptions of IX Hispana were found in the site of the legionary base at Nijmegen (Netherlands), suggesting the Ninth may have been based there from c. 120 AD. 

In any event, it is clear that the IX Hispana did not exist during the reign of the emperor Septimius Severus (r. 193–211 AD), as it is not included in two identical but independent lists of the 33 legions existing in this period."

Is there any real research that I could read on the IX?  Anyone recommend a really good historical work?

Dominic T:


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