Month: February 2014

(Over) shared life in Roman Paris

Demystifying Paris ? As romantic ideas about Paris give way to more realistic ones, I am beginning to entertain ambitions of demystifying Paris. The initial satisfaction of enjoying the sights and  immortalizing Paris in photographs is increasingly overtaken by a desire to peer beneath the surface and observe the layers that are not immediately apparent.  As such, the 2014 resolution for this blog is to explore different points in the history of Paris, and attempt to  uncover them by engaging the senses. That is to say this blog will try to explore this city’s past by imagining what people tasted, saw, touched, heard, smelt at different points in the history of Paris. Hopefully, historical insights will  shed light onto the present. This year’s journey captured in twelve blog posts begins in fourth and fifth century Paris – or Lutetia, as  the gallo-roman city may have been known then. Bodies and the Roman City One of the centres of fourth century city life in Paris/Lutetia would have been a large public bath, similar to those one would have encountered  in …