This is the view of the arena from the Gladiator’s cell. Looking through the open door wasn’t so bad, but as soon as you turn your gaze to the barred door you feel trapped, even thought an open door is right alongside. This is the view from the dais above, a commanding, sun-kissed view of … Continue reading
The gladiator’s arena at Augusta Raurica. A nice 15 minute walk from the temple and theatre, this piece is set among some nice trees and has been only partially recovered. What you see in front is the stage where the guests of honour would sit under a cloth awning. the two small doors under the … Continue reading
On the walk towards the gladiator’s arena, I passed this hillock… All I wanted was a spade and I would have gone mad.
One of the exits from the amphitheatre, the walk out today leads to this : Imagine having your morning coffee in that little balcony every day, looking at the entrance to an historic stage…..
This would have been your view if you stood, as an actor, upon the stage at the amphitheatre at Augusta Raurica….would you have had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand?
Sitting on the top stair of the temple (only the platform remains of the once proud edifice), this is the vista that greets you, a huge amphitheatre, the stage right in the middle of the canvas here. I had to sacrifice the sky but you’ll get to see more of it in coming posts. I’ve … Continue reading
The oven is heated with wood, to super-heat the tiles. The embers are removed and the tile floor cleaned of any extraneous ash, and is ready to receive the dough for baking. That little area right next to the oven was where the embers were put; a pot of broth or some meat or veggies … Continue reading
One of the very few memorable days I’ve spent in my life….This and the the few forthcoming posts are from a rebuilt bakery in the ruins of Augusta Raurica, right next to what were the temple walls. The oven is exactly where it was a couple of millennia ago, rebuilt with concrete for safety purposes, … Continue reading
Some examples of the beautiful coin collection at the museum. It’s hard to believe these were minted over a millennium and a half ago, both because of their extraordinary state of preservation and for the manufacturing quality.
Coin stamp block from a mint in Augusta Raurica