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The Roman Arena Hiding in Plain Sight

Updated: Oct 30, 2022

Improbable Walks, Season 3, Episode 7: This Latin Quarter episode begins at Place Émile Mâle and features the strange story of the disappearing Roman arena; below, a few photos, beginning with a scale model of what the arena probably looked like, in the prime of Lutetia, City of the Parisi. The model was created by Carole Raddato. The next photo is the arena today, and one of several rather hidden entrances! And a map, to make the location clear. I talk about the discrete author of The Story of O--here's my not-terribly-good photo Jean Paulhan's gothic-inspired house, and a close-up of the fountain near the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes. You'll see the lovely absurd metal gazebo, and on the far side of this hill, there's the plaque on my favourite tree. This wonderful Cedar of Lebanon was brought to Paris by botanist, Bernard de Jussieu. Last photo, the rose garden, this past June in the Jardin des Plantes.

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