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Superstructures of Antiquity: Romans in Lyon

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Under General Julius Caesar, the lands of Gaul were brutally conquered. Roman invaders modeled Lugdunum on Rome: with a grand theatre, “federal bunker of the three Gauls”, an amphitheater and a hydraulic network.

Lugdunum: Huge and mysterious facilities


The eyes of the conquered peoples must be won through the construction and use of Roman buildings. After its expansion, the Roman theater offers space for 10,000 spectators and has almost perfect acoustics. Gladiator or animal fights are held in the huge amphitheater. The Romans wanted to please the Gauls with such entertainment and accept new rulers.

But infrastructure is also being modernized – a measure to raise the standard of living. Lugdunum has the empire’s second hydraulic network after Rome. More than 30,000 cubic meters of water flow into the city every day through aqueducts, the length of which exceeds 200 kilometers. The city is accessible even underground.

Fishbone: Strange structure is a mystery

In the 1960s, archaeologists came across the so-called fishbones. A labyrinth of galleries about two kilometers long with over 400 meters of access shafts. The purpose of this strange facility is still a mystery to this day. With the help of 3-D images, reconstructions, and interviews with historians and archaeologists, the documents make this development excitingly clear.

The documentary series explores three French cities that still harbor the remains of massive Roman structures. Evidence of Roman civilization, engineering and colonial history.

Source: ZDF

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