Following the unprecedented success of the previous edition, this 9th edition will be devoted to the historical figure of Spartacus. On Saturday 28, Sunday 29 and Monday 30 April, lovers of ancient history will gather at the amphitheatre in Nîmes to attend a re-enactment of the Great Roman Games.
The Great Roman Games in Nîmes
Often called the ‘Rome of France’, the city of Nîmes boasts the world’s best preserved Roman monuments: the amphitheatre (Arènes), Maison Carrée, the Tour Magne, and the Castellum Divisorium, the Temple de Diana and the Porte Auguste. This remarkable heritage is the ideal setting in which to host a large-scale historical re-enactment of this nature.
The compelling enthusiasm of the 500 plus history lovers who come here from all over Europe to re-enact the games, combined with the fervour of the public, have made these Great Roman Games a popular and highly-anticipated event each year. In 2015, Hannibal attracted over 24,000 spectators, filling the amphitheatre as it would have been at the time of its construction under the emperor Hadrian, some 2,000 years ago.
This year, travel back in time once again and enjoy the atmosphere of the legendary ludi (Roman Games) in the amphitheatre and savour the atmosphere that would have been enjoyed by the inhabitants of Nemausus (Nîmes).