What’s in Orange?

No, not the fruit. But the supposed catchy title just might capture your attention. We are referring to a city in the south of France.

We are sure you know that France was not where the Romans hail from (duh you don’t know? lol). In fact, reference to a Gallic culture should give a clue that France was the domain of the Gauls. Though defeated and subjucated by the Romans, they were by no means totally assimilated. Which means the Romans had to build enclaves – colonies for themselves in this newly won lands.


Orange was one of them colonies, and it was a large settlement area too for the Romans. Who migrated there you ask? Retired ex-military we are told, centurions who are no longer in active service being granted parcels of land to farm or rent out (for farming). That’s why in the town (le commune as the French say), you will find many vestiges of Roman power widely distributed all over. Some are said to be even older than ones in Rome!

According to antiquity studying folks, it has one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world (well the western world anyway), aside from the one in Aspendo (which we also touched). And this one is actively being used too. Because the excellent acoustics that were the requirements of the day when it was built still works today!

Now that you know a little about Orange, go on and read more here about our little traipsing all over this quaint town and tell us what do you like about it!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

14 thoughts on “What’s in Orange?”

  1. Great post, Mel & Suan. It’s so amazing that the building is in such good condition. We have nothing like this to compare in the US. If we did, we would probably be plotting its destruction and replacement with something new. 😦

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  2. It’s great that sites like these are still well-preserve today, amid the threats that face so many ancient landmarks and practices today. But I think it’d be more fascinating still if we could see a Roman play of the era that the theater was built in, being performed in its original context 🙂

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