Lousonna and Lausanne

Lousonna, 2eme siecle a. J.-Chr., Musee romain, Foto/Photo: TES.

Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, Lacus Lemanus, the small gallo-roman settlement of Lousonna, boasted 1500 to 1200 inhabitants, mostly merchants, fishermen and artisans. Its commercial prosperity was due to the privileged situation between the lake and overland routes connecting the Rhine and Rhone networks. From the end of the 1st century BC through … Read more » “Lousonna and Lausanne”

The Roman History of Avenches

Aventicum vers 200 après J.-C., maquette du musée romain d'Avenches. Photo/Foto: TES.

The story of the migration of some Celtic tribes (Helvetii, Rauraci) in 58 BC to eastern France is known because of the book de bello gallico by Julius Caesar (100-44 BC). Far less known outside Switzerland is the history after their defeat in that year at Bibracte, and the return to their homelands in Switzerland. … Read more » “The Roman History of Avenches”

The Amphitheatre of Kaiseraugst

Augusta Raurica, Stadtrekonstruktion um 200 n. Chr. Museum Augusta Raurica. Foto/Photo: TES.

In December 2021, an amphitheatre was discovered during a building survey in Kaiseraugst, near the former Roman city of Augusta Raurica (today Augst, Canton of Basel-Landschaft). The amphitheatre is the second amphitheatre in the canton of Aargau, after the one in Vindonissa (Windisch). In Augusta Raurica, it is already the third monument of its kind, … Read more » “The Amphitheatre of Kaiseraugst”