The Great Roman Games in the Nîmes Arena
Ancient history enthusiasts will gather in Nîmes this May to participate in the 5th edition of the Great Roman Games, a spectacular historical reenactment honouring Roman antiquity.
On Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th, 2014, the public is invited to come and watch the largest historical re-enactment of Roman times in the exceptional Amphitheatre of Nîmes. Over 400 actors from all over France, Germany, Italy and Argentina will bring to life the famous ludi (games) that entertained the residents of Nemausus (Nîmes) 2,000 years ago.
Emperor Augustus, the first Roman Emperor and founder of Nîmes, died two centuries ago in 14 AD. This historical reenactment will commemorate the occasion by reconstructing the accession of Augustus and the Battle of Philippi.
During this event, several scenes follow on from each other until the grand finale: Emperor's parade, military parade, gladiatorial combats, distribution of bread, chariot races and a final great battle.