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Anachronisms 

The reference to "running marathons" is factually erroneous. The phrase "running a marathon" was not used until 1896.
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All of the horse riders are shown riding with stirrups. The stirrup did not come into use in Europe until the 6th century, so Romans and Britons riding horses would not had stirrups at the time depicted in the film, the 2nd century AD,
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Quintus Dias muses that he does not know if Arianne is an angel or devil. Unless Quintus was Christian, Jewish, or Zoroastrian, he would not have used this concept at the time of this movie's events in the 1st century AD, when Christianity had not widely expanded in Europe.
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Character error 

Consuming death caps may result in death after days, but certainly not minutes as claimed by the cook, Tarak.
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Continuity 

Virilus receives two long cuts across his chest and abdomen in the Pict camp. These are not seen later, when the soldiers come to rescue him and in his fight with Etain.
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After the burning of the son's body, we clearly see the she-wolf clearly punches the Roman straight in the heart, but when she leaves, the speer stands out of the middle of the chest.
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Factual errors 

The movie, set in 117 CE, has Julius Agricola as governor of Britain. Julius Agricola died in 93 CE (and was recalled from Britain in 85 CE).
The Romans used treated leather for making tents (water resistant), not canvas as shown in the movie.
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The stirrup was not used by the Roman cavalry. They used a saddle which had four prominent horns for securely seating the rider.
The chief of the Picts would never have had a shaved head, as long hair and beards were considered what made a man strong and a leader.
There are decapitations aplenty in this movie, with many lightweight weapons, short swords and small axes. Yet not even executioners during medieval times were always able to chop off a head with one stroke, even though the criminal was resting his neck on a chopping block and holding perfectly still and the executioner using a very heavy axe.
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The Roman fort (at the end) would not have been located where it was, as it was too close to a forest from where archers could attack the fort without being exposed.
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Quintus Dias is not a possible roman Name. Quintus would be a possible pronomen, but there's missing the nomen gentile (family name, ever with an "-us"-Ending), every Roman had. Dias would be a strange cognomen (third part of roman names). Example: Caius Iulius Caesar = Quintus XXXXX Dias.
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The IX Legion was actually destroyed in the first century AD and not the second, as stated in the film.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The spear the IX Legion carries is a period-correct piece of Roman military equipment, known as the hasta. While certainly less well-known than the pilum (plural pila) throwing spear, the hasta would be a better tactical choice for a legion marching into heavy forest where the space required to bring up and throw a pilum properly is not guaranteed. The hasta, being basically a "typical" spear, is a more versatile weapon. It should be noted that every legionary was issued both a pilum and a hasta, though the pilum featured more prominently in the Romans' preferred open-field strategies.
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Plot holes 

Quintus and Brick cross the river valley to attack the Picts. They kill the guards but then do not kill nor steal the horses, which would have hampered their pursuers.
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Etain can smell the Romans across a river valley but fails to detect their scents in Arianne's home, despite them staying there overnight and hiding under the floor.
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