Two thousand years ago, a mighty legion fought on behalf of the emperors of Rome. After 120 A.D., however, the men simply vanished from contemporary accounts for good. And over the years, many have speculated over what became of the missing warriors. Will we ever get to the bottom of one of history’s most enduring mysteries?
The story of the Roman Empire began way back in 509 B.C. with the founding of the Roman Republic. During that period, the rulers of Rome had sought to extend their reach beyond the city walls. And although the region was initially torn apart by civil war, leaders such as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony ultimately laid the foundations for Rome to become one of the greatest powers that the world has ever seen.
Then the renowned military leader Octavian became the first ever emperor of the brand new Roman Empire in 27 B.C. And although Octavian wielded less military power than the leaders of the republic that had come before him, his armies still conquered vast swathes of territory in his name. Indeed, the emperor’s reign saw the influence of Rome spread across Asia Minor, Africa and southwest Europe.