Archaeology

Roman legacy

The Roman arena of Lutèce in Paris

The Roman arena of Lutèce in Paris

Thousands of years have elapsed since the fall of the great Roman Empire but its remnants are still visible in many of its former settlements and colonies spread throughout Europe and North Africa. A Roman city is an ingeniously designed city dwellings set up as an oppidum or fortified city, within which are the aqueducts to bring in fresh water into the city, the forum, the amphitheater, the baths and the houses which differs from those of found in the rural areas. Many of the architectural wonders of the Romans are spread throughout France. Paris then known as Lutèce or Lutetia, when it fell into Roman forces during the Gallic wars in 52BC became a flourishing Gallo Roman city. Like many Roman cities, the urban set up would include the forum, theater and aqueducts bringing water into the city. Today although one would have to imagine how it might have looked like, some of its ancient structures can be seen at the arènes de Lutèce with its imposing entrance walls once the battling grounds for gladiators and the baths now part of Cluny Medieval museum.

The Roman baths once part of the ancient city of Lutèce

The Roman baths once part of the ancient city of Lutèce

Roads were paved connecting European countries. Some of these roads known as the via romana can be seen in France such as this hidden forest path in Corrèze, made with large stone slabs with still have traces of chariots wheels on the stones.

Once the Roman road in Corrèze

Once the Roman road in Corrèze

Especially in the South of France are two of the country most impressive coliseum now mostly used for bullfights especially in the cities of Arles and Nîmes known for their Roman remnants. Below is an image of the famous Feria bullfight held at the imposing coliseum of Nîmes. The city of Nîmes located in the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France, has a rich history as part of a Roman settlement, today ancient monuments spread out in the city reflect the splendour of a bygone civilization.

Bullfight held at the ancient Roman amphitheater in Nîmes, and remnants of the Temple of Diana in Nîmes

Bullfight held at the ancient Roman amphitheater in Nîmes, and remnants of the Temple of Diana in Nîmes

More images taken during my visits to those ancient Roman settlements which still shine in their bygone splendour. One of most beautiful ancient site is probably the well preserved Greek Roman city of Jerash in Jordan.

The ancient city of Jerash in Jordan

The ancient city of Jerash in Jordan

And another Roman amphitheater in Amman legacy of the splendid past.

Roman  Amphitheater in Amman

Roman Amphitheater in Amman

If Jordan has some of the world greatest remains of ancient Roman cities, monuments in Tunisia are also worth the visit, among the famous ones are Carthage, Dougga and El Jem.

El Jem Roman Amphitheater in Tunisia

El Jem Roman Amphitheater in Tunisia

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