Lutetia

Where is Lutetia?

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Map of Gaul from Wikipidia

Who will you meet there?

Lutetia is a town of Gaelic origin. The people there follow a mix of Gaelic and Celtic traditions. It now Paris.

How do you get to Lutetia?

There are a series of Roman road through and around the city

Why would you go to Lutetia?

Starting in the 2nd century AD, public monuments were constructed.  The public works were facing slope of the hill of Ste Genevieve. On the hill there is a Theater and a bath complex. There is an aquaduct 26 km long that flowed approximately 2000 cubic meters of water a day. The Lutercian amphitheater was considered the largest monument in Gaul.

What Happened in Lutetia? 

  • 52 BCE Julius Caesar conquered the city in the Gallic wars.
  • The Lutetians backed the revolt of Vercingetorix against Caesar contributing around 8,000 men.
  • Christianized in the 3rd century under St Denis

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    Painting of the execution of St.Denis in the Pantheon

  • 250 St. Denis was arrested and decapitated on the  Mons Mercurius – The hill was renamed Mons Martyrum (Martyr’s Hll) after this.
  • 275 attacked and seized by Barbarians
  • 360 CE renamed Paris after a Gallic tribe the Parisii.

The Legend of St. Denis

St. Denis was the first Bishop in the Lutetia and surrounding area. He was sentences to be executed for corrupting the people with his preaching.

After he was beheaded, Saint Denis walked around the execution ground searching for his head.  He picked it up and continued preaching. He walked and preached for six miles before finally he finally died.

Fun Fact: St. Denis is the patron saint of headaches.

What was Lutetia like?

Lutetia was a fully Romanised city protected under Pax Romana.  The city was not of political importance.

Modern Lutetia.

The city is now buried under modern day Paris. Excavations are slowly underway on a case by case basis. In 2006 the university of Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the site during renovations, and archaeologist agree that this was the first site discovered from the reign The Emperor Augustus.

Sources

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.04.0006:entry=lutetia-parisiorum

http://ecojoekits.com/2011/01/10/saint-denis-legend/

The City of Antiquity, official history of Paris by The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau


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