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The Eagle of the Ninth
The Eagle of the Ninth
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
In a.d. 125, a young Roman centurion must recover the infamous Ninth Legion's missing symbol of honor, the eagle standard.
ISBN-13: 9780374419301
ISBN-10: 0374419302
Publication Date: 9/1/1993
Pages: 264
Reading Level: Young Adult
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3.9 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A classic (1950s) historical novel about a young Roman man who, with a slave who becomes his friend, travels beyond Hadrian's Wall into the wilds of Britain, searching for the emblem (and the fate) of his father's lost legion.
The book definitely minimizes/romanticizes the realities of slavery, and it also portrays several misconceptions about ancient Rome that have been clarified by research since the book was written -
However, in reading the book, these things don't really matter, as it's an engaging, entertaining story.
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I enjoyed this book a lot. It is a very well-paced adventure story set in ancient Britain. The language is old and somewhat difficult to follow. I couldn't really skim or I would get lost. I would reccomend it if you like historical fiction.


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