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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Divergent Heroism in Centurion (2010)

Divergent Heroism in Centurion (2010)

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Epic Heroes on Screen

Hunter H. Gardner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers an analysis of heroic identity in the movie Centurion, focusing on the heroism of the Roman soldiers Virilus and Quintus Dias of the legendary Ninth Legion, traditionally considered to have disappeared in Roman Britain. Through an examination of their differing models of heroism, the film questions the epic tropes of heroic identity. As the chapter shows, Quintus’ character diverges from traditional representations of military virtue. The depiction of Rome’s imperialism allows viewers a commentary on modern imperialist undertakings.

Keywords:   Heroism, Centurion, Virilus, Quintus Dias, Ninth Legion, Roman Britain

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