Lutetia (Paris)

Soldiers on the Pilier des nautes (Musée de Cluny)

An Iranian friend happened to be in Europe, so I went to Paris to meet him. Because we did not arrive on the same time, I had some time to visit the monuments from the Roman age, which I had never seen before. To be honest, the ruins of the amphitheater are a nice park, but not really worth a detour; nor are the Roman statues in the Musée de Cluny sufficient to justify a trip to France. What made this trip great was visiting the Louvre together, and sharing a pizza.

Yet, there’s certainly something to be seen in the capital of the ancient Parisii, which was once known as Lutetia. There’s a beautiful website here. My photos, with a short history of Lutetia, are here.

It’s this month’s only addition to the Livius site. Spending three days in Paris, while you have a lot to do at home, is deadly for any schedule – or at least makes it next to impossible to write more than one new page.

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2 Responses to Lutetia (Paris)

  1. judithweingarten says:

    Perhaps itself not worth a trip to France, but if in Paris no archaeologist should miss Cluny (the ivories alone vaut une voyage); but also coming face-to-face with Cernunnos for the first time sends tingles up the scholarly spine (http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/ang/pages/page_id17992_u1l2.htm).

  2. Yep, it’s an impressive looking deity; he’s here too.

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