Saturday, May 2nd we had the chance to go see a reenactment of the ancient Roman Games in the Arènes de Nîmes. The Nîmes arena is a Roman amphitheatre dating to 70 AD. We have visited the arena on a few occasions but this time was awesome (despite the mile long line and heat)! Jenn and John were still in town so we all got to have a new experience together. The spectacle is performed by 500 participants from around Europe. When we arrived at our seats, each person received a colored program with a red handkerchief. This “red” was our team and whoever was in the arena competing, the respective color would be waved in the crowd. The team colors were red, green and white. This Roman Games was based on the famous military commander, Hannibal. Hannibal was considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity. He played an important part in the history of the Mediterranean area.
The Games lasted 2.5 hours. It was a long time to be in the sun, but we did eventually get cloud coverage and it cooled off a little. This was a performance I am so happy we were able to participate in. I don’t know if we will ever get a chance to see a reenactment quite like this in a 2000 year old structure! We were all interested as chariots came roaring out in the arena and started “fighting” each other, or seeing the “fights” against the barbarians of different lands. It was very entertaining and we had a fascinating afternoon imagining life in times past!