Tag Archives : Roman

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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The Museum of the Awesome Mr Gulbenkian: Part One – From Ancient Egypt to China


Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal While America is littered with museums built around the varied collections of their millionaire founders, this sort of thing is much rarer in Europe.  The Armenian Calouste Gulbenkian, who made his fortune from oil, put his money to good use and amassed an amazing little collection of objects from across the ages which…

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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 One: A Peek into Roman Lives


In Augusta Raurica, Switzerland The museum of the Roman settlement of Augusta Raurica is a little gem.  Yes it’s small, but the quality of the local finds is so amazing that it makes for an extremely interesting and fun place to visit. Actually, the museum consists of three parts: in the picture above you can see that there are doorways:…

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Oh Lousonna! – Romans in Lausanne


Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy, Musée romain de Lausanne-Vidy, Lausanne-Vidy, Switzerland  I love going to Roman museums – as a Roman history buff, I’m always really excited to see what interesting new objects have been unearthed in different parts of their Empire.  Having already seen some pretty fine Roman objects in the Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History, I was looking forward to…

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Lots of Lovely Money in Lausanne


Cantonal Museum of Money, Musée monétaire cantonal, Lausanne, Switzerland Now I know that looking at defunct coins that have no current purchasing power is not interesting to everyone, but I am a fan.  The amount you can learn from coinage is amazing, quite apart from the fact that many coins from the Greek world are extremely beautiful. The Cantonal Museum of…

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Keeping the Romans Alive in Chester


Chester, England Two significant Roman remains sit side by side just outside the city walls: the Roman Gardens and the amphitheatre.  There isn’t a lot to see.  There’s no sugar-coating it.  But they are worth a potter. Roman Gardens Dating from the 1950s, the Roman Gardens were created to display the larger fragments from the legionary fortress at Deva.  Between…

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Roman Life in Chester’s Grosvenor Museum


The Grosvenor Museum, Chester, England The Grosvenor Museum was opened in 1886 through the energy of the Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art, which had been founded in 1871 by Charles Kingsley, the writer of The Water-Babies, who was a canon of Chester Cathedral at the time.  Joining forces with the Chester Archaeological Society and the Schools of Science…

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A Day in Chester


Chester, England Ever since I was a wee-mid-teen, I’ve wanted to go to Chester.  I studied Roman history for my A-levels and we had to do a section on Roman Britain.  Chester, with its excavations, featured in my studies in such a way that I had rather a romantic image of it.  I mean, Britain is not exactly blessed with…

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