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« on: July 08, 2008, 08:22:46 am »

Roman baths beneath Paris

The earliest archaeological signs of permanent habitation in the Paris area date from around 4200 BC.

The Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, known as boatsmen and traders, inhabited the area near the river Seine from around 250 BC.

The Romans conquered the Paris basin in 52 BC, with a permanent settlement by the end of the same century on the Left Bank Sainte Geneviève Hill and the Île de la Cité island.

The Gallo-Roman town was originally called Lutetia, but later Gallicised to Lutèce. It expanded greatly over the following centuries, becoming a prosperous city with a forum, palaces, baths, temples, theatres and an amphitheatre.

The collapse of the Roman empire and the third-century Germanic invasions sent the city into a period
of decline.

By 400 AD Lutèce, by then largely abandoned by its inhabitants, was little more than a garrison town entrenched into the hastily fortified central island.

The city reclaimed its original appellation of "Paris" towards the end of the Roman occupation.
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