ANCIENT AIX: A CITY IN SOUTHERN GAUL

AN EXHIBITION ORGANISED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF AIX-EN-PROVENCE.

Exhibition

6 December 2014 - 3 May 2015

  • with
  • Aix en Provence
Cherub mosaic
Cherub mosaic – Archaeology Department of the City of Aix-en-Provence - @Photos P. Veysseyre, musée Saint-Romain-en-Gal

Although few vestiges of Aix-en-Provence’s ancient past are visible now, the first Roman foundation in Gaul was a prosperous city, as revealed by remains which still come to light today.

This exhibition spanning 450 sq.m. explores these recent discoveries, most unknown to the public, providing an insight into the city of Aquae Sextiae, founded in the second century BC. It also gives visitors an opportunity to discover or rediscover the musée Granet’s archaeological collections.

Beautiful mosaic and marble floors, wall paintings and marble wall decorations, and numerous everyday objects.

Works of extraordinary beauty, many older discoveries, including epigraphic materials and sculpture from the Roman city, some modest, others spectacular, are displayed alongside recently excavated items.

These recently constituted collections include stunning mosaic and marble floors, a series of wall paintings and marble wall decorations, and numerous everyday objects.

By placing these objects in their original context, in line with archaeological practice, this exhibition brings back to life the city’s inhabitants and their work, their cultural and religious practices, and their relationship with death. It also sheds light on the municipal institutions and commercial ties developed by Aquae Sextiae, a major Roman city in the Mediterranean area.

Few vestiges of its ancient past are now visible in Aix-en-Provence, the first Roman foundation in Gaul.