There is an added resonance to Americans flocking to films set during the rise and fall of ancient empires as they contemplate their own long-dominant place in the world amid economic upheavals at home and protracted wars abroad.
And I told him about how Troy (2004) subtly supported the archaeological theory of diffusionism.
Both should be regarded as “inspired by” rather than as any attempt at accurate history, I reckon. The so-called”disappearance” of the Ninth Legion is something that historians still squabble about—and bloggers too.
Archaeologists have shown that they were happily in garrison in York in AD 108, which is rather a long time after their supposed demise in Caledonia.
(And it’s amazing how many people think “centurion” means “Roman soldier” rather than what we would call a company commander.)
Clash of the Titans has not fared well on blogs that I read, so I am skipping it.
The Roman province of Britain lasted longer than the United States of America has thus far (just for comparison), so there are plenty of movie-making opportunities left.