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The amphitheatre of Martigny

L´amphithéâtre de Martigny. Photo/Foto: TES.

During the reign of Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD), Martigny, a small village of the Celtic tribe of the Veragres, was turned into a Roman city. When he became emperor, the emperor undertook the conquest of Britain. He made accessible the most direct route to Britain: the Great St Bernard Pass. At the same time, he … Read more » “The amphitheatre of Martigny”

The Murus Gallicus of Basel

Basel, Münsterhügel, Murus Gallicus. Foto/Photo: TES.

More than 2000 years ago, the Celts (tribe of Rauraci) built the first city fortification of Basel, the Murus Gallicus. Around 80 B.C., the Celtic population sought shelter behind fortified buildings, probably because Germanic tribes appeared. Along the Rhine, fortified centres were built at strategic points, such as on the Münsterhügel. The settlement was surrounded … Read more » “The Murus Gallicus of Basel”

The Helvetians

Mont Vully. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Helvetians (Helvetii in Latin) was the name for some Celtic tribes. They inhabited the Swiss Plateau. The names of some of the tribes are known, the Tigurini, Ambrones, Verbigeni and Tugini. The Rauraci and Suebi inhabited the regions of Basel, Southern Alsace and Baden during the same period. The other tribes in present-day Switzerland … Read more » “The Helvetians”