There was a time in history when the Roman military was invincible, but this success was only made possible by its exceptionally powerful army. The force’s heavy infantrymen - known as legionaries - were efficient, disciplined and utterly fearless, almost mythological. And yet, they were flesh and blood men.
What type of man would become a legionary? How did they live, and what did they dream of? What bound them together, willing to risk their own lives for their fellow soldiers? Discoveries of ancient Roman camps across Europe are shedding new light on the lives of their soldier occupants.
Following recent and current excavations from Vidolanda, in Scotland, to the Roman Quarter in Lyon, alongside leading experts and thanks to priceless relics found (weapons, clothes, correspondence), this archaeological and scientific investigation will bring this ancient world to life to uncover the truth of the living man behind the legendary soldier.
Direction: Pierre-François Gaudry
Co-written with Bernard Mathieu
Production: Mona Lisa Production for France Télévisions
Delivery: March 2023