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Les édifices de spectacles antiques de Gaule Narbonnaise : documents iconographiques, interprétations, restaurations

Abstract : Apart from the various adjustments theoretically needed to restore their original functions of places of entertainment, to-day's archaeological study of antique civic monuments concerning entertainment in the gallic province of Narbonnaise has to take into consideration both the different modifications made since the first Wisigoth invasions and all through the Middle Ages, and the restorations carried out from the xixth c. onwards. Unquestionably indeed, a certain transformation of the original structure ensues, even if recent interventions have been made “respecting the spirit of Antiquity” and restoration limited to plain consolidation. These transformations have been fulfilled in various ways according to periods of time as well as accepted schools of thought, not forgetting the function given to the building in the urbanisation of an antique city in the Narbonnaise considered as “particularly romanised” and that of a modern city as well. These transformations are overseen mainly since the xixth c., taking into account how the building is perceived as well as how it might be in the future. At least, the problem here is not so much to try and identify the particular characteristics of each one of these buildings in spite of the successive conversions, as to show up the main tendencies of modern understanding of this type of structure, guided as it appears to-day by a “tradition of interpretation”, and this through the descriptions and surveys carried out since the xvth c. on the amphitheatres of Arles and Nîmes and on the theatres of Arles, Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine as significant examples.
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Fabienne Dugast. Les édifices de spectacles antiques de Gaule Narbonnaise : documents iconographiques, interprétations, restaurations. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université Paris-Sorbonne - Paris IV, 2003. Français. ⟨tel-00402971⟩



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