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SPECTACLE Les Grands Jeux Romains - Spartacus

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ARÈNES DE NÎMES & THE GREAT ROMAN GAMES , MAISON CARRÉE, TOUR MAGNE

THE SPECIFICITY OF THE GREAT ROMAN GAMES IN NIMES: THE REQUIREMENT AT THE HEART OF THE SPECTACULAR

The Greatest Roman Games, the largest reconstruction of ancient history in Europe, is based on solid scientific foundations. The starting point of the reconstruction refers to the proven passage, in Protected content , of the Emperor Hadrian at Nîmes, on his return from Brittany - on the borders of present-day England. On this occasion, it offers sumptuous games to the inhabitants. Two thousand years later, the participants in the Great Roman Games make their costumes with materials identical to those used in antiquity. Passionate about experimental archeology, they work hand in hand with historians validating their archaeological research. In arenas, fighting techniques, costumes and weapons of gladiators, Roman legionaries or Celtic fighters are as close to what was in ancient times.

100 after J.C.
Beginning of the construction of the Arena

In ancient times, the shows first took place in wooden theaters. It is only gradually that these were built in stone. To be able to contain animal and gladiator fights, the Romans had the idea of ​​bringing together two theaters face to face. This shape of ellipse track surrounded by steps is the ancestor of our current stages. The Romans had two methods to build these kinds of buildings: either they used the natural configuration of the ground (the stands, are directly leaning on the hill, like the Roman Theater of Orange), or they built huge walls to support the bleachers, like here. After 39 years of work, the building is completed.

2 after J.C.
Beginning of the construction of the Maison Carrée

In parallel with the fortification, the city is adorned with many buildings. The construction of the Maison Carrée is therefore part of this vast program implemented by the Emperor Augustus to provide Nemausus public buildings essential to the life of the City. This temple is intended to accommodate the imperial cult. The Maison Carrée was dedicated to Auguste's grandchildren. Its access is reserved for priests only. Rites, sacrifices and processions are also performed outside in the presence of the inhabitants of the City.

15 before J.C.
Construction of the Magne Tower

At the instigation of the Emperor Augustus, the city takes a new rise. It has a rampart of 7 kilometers which surrounds more than Protected content of land, which is considerable for a Gallo-Roman city. Today only the gate of Auguste and Tour Magne remain of the fortification. From the Latin "Turris Magna" meaning "the great tower", the Magne Tower is the highest tower of the Roman walled enclosure. Its construction includes an older Gaulish tower of about two centuries. Nîmes becomes one of the most important cities of the Narbonnaise and receives from the emperor the favor of being called "Colonia Nemausensis Augusta".

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