Les Grands Jeux Romains - The Roman Games
“The Barbarian Kings”
Sunday 5 May 2019
Arenes de Nimes
Meet at 3.00pm - at "El Nimeno"
the bullfighter statue in front of the Arenes
the Games start at 3.30pm, and last 2.5 hours
Join us for an afternoon of excitement and thrills, as 500 re-enactors from all over Europe converge on Nimes’ Arenes for the ‘Grands Jeux Romains’. This unique event has become the biggest historical re-enactment of ancient history in Europe, in the world’s finest surviving Roman amphitheatre, and brings to life the legendary ludi (public games) as the inhabitants of Nimes would have experienced them 2,000 years ago : the imperial court, Roman legionnaires, chariot racing and gladiatorial combats.
This year’s focus is on the barbarian kings and the invasion of the Cimbri, Teutones, and the Ambrones, who fought the Roman Republic between 113 and 101 BC. ‘The Barbarian Kings’ retraces the epic saga of the barbarians, following their victory over the Romans at Arausio (today Orange) and General Marius’ victory at the famous battle of Aix-en-Provence in 101 BC.
Based on extensive scientific and historical research, the re-enactors make their own costumes with materials similar to those used in antiquity, while the gladiators’, Roman legionnaires’ and Celtic fighters’ combat techniques and battledress are as historically accurate as possible.
We will have allotted numbered seats in the lower rows, so are closer to the action and with less climbing and clambering! You may wish to bring along a cushion, and don’t forget a sunhat and sunscreen!
Optional Activity :
A new feature this year is the Camp Romain at Porte Auguste (10 mins on foot from the Arenes) where re-enactors will live as the Romans did, 24/7 in Roman tents. Meet historians and archaeologists dressed in period attire, participate in workshops and demonstrations and sample Roman fare at the tavern. Entry is €5, with a reduction on presentation of a Jeux ticket – however please note that the Camp Romain is NOT included in the BritsNimes Jeux Romains ticket price.
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