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14/45.- Arles: Roman Aphitheatre

The Mediterranean coast of France and the adjacent provinces still bear many traces of Roman colonization.  The area was crisscrossed by Roman Roads along which armies and merchandise would travel between Rome and the outer reaches of the Empire.  The town of Arles sports an antique theater as well as an elliptical Roman arena, shown in this picture, where gladiators' fights would attract up to 20,000 spectators until they were prohibited in the 5th century, under the influence of advancing Christianity.

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