Browsing Category : Romans

A Matter of Life and Death: Lives of Gladiators


Gladiators: heroes of the Colosseum, Gladiateurs, héros du Colisée, at the Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France   In my usual not-very-efficient way, I’m writing about an exhibition which has now closed.  It was, however, a very neat and well thought out exhibition at the Musée de la Romanité about gladiators in the Roman world, possibly because it’s been on a world…

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Nîmes’ Musée de la Romanité Part Three: At Home and In Town


…continued from Part Two… This part continues to look at the Roman objects on show in the museum, including some extraordinary mosaics and even frescoes…. There is a large section dedicated to funerary stele, which were really interesting.  Although I don’t usually like the use of multimedia technology, I did like the way that some of the stones had moving…

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Exploring Roman Nîmes (on a sizzlingly hot day)


Nîmes, France Nîmes is a very elegant, confident little French town – probably the classiest that I visited on my summer trip.  It has a great ‘French’ feeling, with higgledy-piggledy roads, each as charming as the last, and each pulling you in to be explored. The problem was that it was very hot when we visited, and I’m not very…

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In the Footsteps of Gladiators: Nîmes Amphitheatre


Arena of Nîmes, Arènes de Nîmes, Nîmes, France One of the finest surviving amphitheatres from the Roman world, the Arena, as it’s called locally, is an astonishing structure.  If you have been lucky enough to have seen the Colosseum in Rome, then you’ll see similarities: they are both grand, yet quite dinky, they are both insanely photogenic and they both help…

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Pipes and Aqueducts: All About Roman Water in Nyon


““ÇA COULE DE SOURCE!”: Aqueduc et histoires d’eau dans la Nyon romaine” at the Roman Museum of Nyon, Musée romain de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland Running until June 2019, the Roman Museum in Nyon has an interesting, thoughtful exhibition on the use of water in the Roman world. Anyone who likes the Roman world will, in part, be basing their positive…

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The Surprising World of Roman Nyon


Roman Museum of Nyon, Musée romain de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland As you walk around the museum, it is very striking to see just how intertwined the town’s Roman heritage is with its present.  Not only is the structure of the museum actually within the foundations of the Roman basilica, but many of the objects on display name the street that they…

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Augusta Raurica Museum Part Three: Peeing in the Kitchen


Continued from Part Two Upon turning left at the main entrance of the museum of Augusta Raurica, a swish automatic door opens and takes you back to the Roman world.  Well, a version of it, anyway. It’s modelled on the urban villa-type from Pompeii.  It has an interior courtyard surrounded by porticoes and while there is a small garden, there…

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Augusta Raurica Museum Part Two: Perfection in Silver


Continued from Part One So – following the delightfully presented exhibition on children and Roman life in Augusta Raurica, the museum continues with a further room on the unpromising-sounding Kaiseraugst Treasure.  I’m not that interested in things made of ‘precious’ materials, because they’re usually quite gaudy, it’s hard to see the details, and altogether they can be just too blingy.…

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