Following the unprecedented success of the previous edition which attracted some 24,000 spectators, this 8th edition will be devoted to the historical figure of Boudica, the Celtic Queen. On Saturday 29, Sunday 30 April and Monday 1st May, lovers of ancient history will gather at the amphitheatre in Nîmes to attend a re-enactment of the Great Roman Games.
A new theme in 2017: the Celtic Queen
For this 8th edition, reassemble the time to discover the history of the Celtic Queen Boudica, who dared to defy the legions of Rome in 60 ap. JC.Some 500 history fans will come together from all over France and Europe offers you to relive the famous Ludi (games) of ancient Rome: races of tanks, gladiatorial combat, maneuvers of the legions, great final battle between the Roman legionnaires and the rebels the Celts in the north of England.
The Great Roman Games in Nîmes
Often called the ‘Rome of France’, the city of Nîmes boasts the world’s best preserved Roman monuments: the amphitheatre (Arènes), Maison Carrée, the Tour Magne, and the Castellum Divisorium, the Temple de Diana and the Porte Auguste. This remarkable heritage is the ideal setting in which to host a large-scale historical re-enactment of this nature.
The compelling enthusiasm of the 500 plus history lovers who come here from all over Europe to re-enact the games, combined with the fervour of the public, have made these Great Roman Games a popular and highly-anticipated event each year. In 2015, Hannibal attracted over 24,000 spectators, filling the amphitheatre as it would have been at the time of its construction under the emperor Hadrian, some 2,000 years ago.
This year, travel back in time once again and enjoy the atmosphere of the legendary ludi (Roman Games) in the amphitheatre and savour the atmosphere that would have been enjoyed by the inhabitants of Nemausus (Nîmes).
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April: show at 3.30 p.m.
Monday 1st May: show at 2.30 p.m.
Rates for all, from €5 to €49
CAT.3- Free seating amphitheatre
- Full rate: €15
- Reduced rate: €5 (children from 4 to 12 years old)
CAT.2- Numbered seating
- Full rate: €29
- Reduced rate: €19 (children from 4 to 12 years old, groups from 20 people)
CAT.1- Numbered seating
- Full rate: €49
- Reduced rate: €29 (children from 4 to 12 years old)
Roman monuments of Nîmes are at 30 minutes from the Pont du Gard and at 45 minutes from the Roman Theatre of Orange and the Palais des Papes or Château des Baux.
By road: Motorway A9 or A54, exit Nîmes then “city centre” and “Arènes”
By train: TGV station 5 mins from the Amphitheatre
By plane: Nîmes-Garons airport