Re: Provence's awareness of Roman heritage
- View SourceI'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay over there band noticed these
interesting traits. I remember the Jules César Hotel because when we visite=
Arles when I was a kid, we opted to eat in the cheap bistro across from it =
rather than go into the expensive looking place: and I duly got food poison=
I'm also told by two friends who ventured in there anyway, that the Jules
César had much nicer toilets.
Your reference to the Via Domitia is interesting because I don't think ther=
many other highways in France that expressly refer to their Roman forebears=
even though natrally a few roads do follow exactly the old Roman route. The=
Via Domitia, most likely, was one of the most celebrated of the strategic
Roman roads outside of Italy, a suitable East-to-West equivalent to its nea=
contemporary, the Via Egnatia which crosses the Balkans West-to-East.
--- In imperialrome2@..., "Richard" <gauiscaecilius@y...>
> One thing I did notice whilst in Provence was that generally they
> were very aware and celebrated their roman cultural heritage. Arles
> has more than one hotel with a name referring to rome the most
> obvious being the Hotel Julius Caesar complete with neo-classical
> facde. Even outside areas with an obvious connection such as Bezier
> you had the Hotel Imperator (though Bezier was a Roman settlement
> even if nothing surivies).
> Most prominent of all was the inescapable referances to the Via
> Domitia. On the Autoroute where it follows the route of the old Road
> under the modern name and nuimber is in brackets Via Domitia. An aire
> (rest area) was named after the Via Domitia. The memory of old
> Domitius Ahenobarbus is alive and well in Provence.