Shreds of Rome – A doc about Roman Derbyshire

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The Synopsis of “Shreds of Rome”

A lonely Roman soldier from the Ninth Roman Legion merges from a cave system after two thousand years of lonely separation into the developed world of today. He searches out memories of his forgotten past once trod with his fellow legionnaires in a time of war and peace.
Interviews with historians and archaeologists in the field of Roman Derbyshire, this documentary guides you through Roman Derbyshire.

Introduction to the project and how it came about

In June 2013, I took my 12 year old nephew to Hadrians wall on a camping holiday and he stood looking at the wall and asked why the Romans had built it, I said it was ‘because the Romans needed a defense line’ and ‘they were bored’. He asked me a series of questions which I had to google the answer. My nephew has always been a visual person; he takes in more knowledge being shown the historical value of the landscape, then reading about it. After that holiday I read in the local newspaper of Romans settlements being found in Chester Green, Derby, unfortunately I was not able to gain permission to photograph at the dig site, so I followed the coverage through the local news.

“A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.”

Turgenev Ivan, 2008 ‘Fathers and Sons’ Oxford paperbacks pp 208

After reading Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil) entitled ‘Aeneid’ Aeneid a Latin epic poem, written in 12 different books by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC. Which tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. This is not light hearted reading by any means and very complicated, with many subplots, deaths, births, war, killing and a great piece of literature. After reading Aeneid I read Homer’s ‘Iliad & The Odyssey’ I found these hard going, but stuck it out for a year, up until now January 2014 I’ve not managed to read both books.

With reading ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’ and ‘Aeneid’ I can see a relationship forming and the line below is the true connection, what happens if a Roman Solider from the Ninth Roman Legion was suspended in time (somehow) and he emerges into modern day world, as the subplot story?

What more inspiration did I need to make a documentary film in Derbyshire about a Lost Roman Soldier.


‘I give the Romans no frontiers in either space or time. I have allowed them an empire without end’

As no one knows what actually happened to the Ninth Roman Legion this could be a far out or an even plausible attempt to answer the question.


‘Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart… Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes’

Jung, G C 1965 ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe V-268’ Vintage Books USA; Vintage Books edition


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