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Roman Days in Nîmes

Roman Days

We are in the 1st century A.D. at the height of the Roman Empire.  Emperor Augustus is coming to visit Nîmes, and the city promises to mark this extraordinary event with a magnificent show at the Arena of Nîmes featuring gladiator fights, chariot races, chariot battles, barbarian prisoners from northern England, military exercises accentuating the Roman army’s mighty prowess, Roman and Celts simulated battles, etc.  In other words, an unprecedented show to highlight the Emperor’s days of remarkable glory…

The Nîmes Roman Arena before the show

Chariot Races in front of Emperor Augustus

Chariot Battles

Military Exercises by the Roman Cavalry: The flying green ball is a cabbage.

Showing off a Barbarian prisoner captured in northern England. Prisoners were let loose and if they could make it to Caesar before being stopped would be freed.

The mighty Roman turtle formation

The Gauls in front of the Roman Arena

Two friendly barbarians

Young Legionaries in training…


The year was 127 A.D.     🙂


10 Responses to “Roman Days in Nîmes”

  1. Shirley says:

    This is great! Swords, shields, horses, prisoners — my boys would have loved it.

    I love the pictures, although for some reason they look like outtakes from Life of Brian or History of the World (Part 1 or 2?). Did you see Michael Palin or Mel Brooks anywhere?

    • Diane H. says:

      It’s so funny that you say that – a lot of the history here in France reminds me more of Monty Python movies than of any of the more serious/modern ones. I suppose the Romans didn’t have the technology to make it look all fancy either.

  2. Bob says:

    Oh, wow. I would love to have seen that.

  3. Grandpa H says:

    I recognized two of those young gladiators, but they need to eat more baguettes if they are going to carry shields that big.

  4. Maha says:

    How exciting it must have been to see that recreation. I particularly like the cabbage head. Nice touch!

    • Diane H. says:

      They had a few other vegetables too. Not sure if that was authentic or updated for 2011.

  5. Lise says:

    I would have loved to go there! Fantastic.

  6. Barry says:

    Looks like a lot of fun.

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  8. Andrea says:

    This event is fantastic for the children to learn History as it was.
    You can also dress in Roman costume, play old Roman games, eat Roman food and meet the Emperor.
    It is also on this year in Nimes and will be Magic again for the kids to visit.
    My five year old told me this is better than Disney land.