Saturday, May 06, 2006

Archeologists Excavate 2,000-Year-Old Road

Exciting news on the Classics front: a Roman road in Paris has been discovered dating back to the reign of Augustus. This is obvious evidence of the ruins represent a blending of two o what's the word? influences: Roman sites built with local material. However, one must note that it was the Gallic ELITE that was Romanized and that does not necessary mean that all the Gauls were. Romanization came from the provincial elites downward if at all. Romanization could take on many forms: from urbanization, to aqueducts and sanitation and to the examples shown along the road: baths in private homes. and as always, this could be taken as an example of the local elite wishing to achieve political and economical advancement.

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