The barbarian kings are back! From May 3 to 5, 2019,Arena of Nîmes host a great historical reconstruction of roman games. On the program: parades, chariot races and other gladiatorial fights. A life-size peplum for the public's greatest pleasure.
For 3 days, the Arena offers the opportunity to relive the legendary ludi (games) as the inhabitants of Nîmes could have experienced 2000 years ago: imperial court, parade of Roman legionaries, chariot races and gladiatorial fights.
This edition honors the Barbarian Kings and the invasion of Cimbri, Teutons and Ambrons that the Romans had to face between 113 and 101 BC Les Rois Barbares traces the epic of the barbarians following their victory over the Romans in Arausio (current city of Orange) and the triumph of General Marius during the famous battle of Aix-en-Provence in 101 BC
Based on solid scientific and historical foundations, the re-enactors make their costumes with materials identical to those used in antiquity. Passionate about archeology, they work hand in hand with historians. In the arenas, the fighting techniques, the costumes of gladiators, Roman legionaries or Celtic fighters are as close as possible to what existed in ancient times.
Nicknamed “French Rome”, Nîmes has the best preserved Roman monuments in the world: the Arena, the Maison Carrée, the Tour Magne, not to mention the Castellum Divisorium, the Porte Auguste or the Temple of Diana. This exceptional heritage provides an ideal setting to host a historical re-enactment of such magnitude. Between the parades, the activities in the city center and in the Jardins de la Fontaine, the whole city of Nîmes is living in ancient times.
Great Roman Games, Arena of Nîmes. From May 3 to 5, 2019.