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Ville Orange (Vaucluse, 84)
Subject(s) Theatre
Author(s) Du Rivail, Aymar
  Jurisconsult and historian from the Dauphiné province (c. 1490-c. 1560)
Resource type Manuscript
Date 1535
References Du Rivail 6014, I, f. 48= Terrebasse 1844, p. 90

DLF XVIe siècle, p. 446 ; Terrebasse 1844 ; Macé 1852 ; Pelletier 1982, pp. 131-138 ; Lemerle 2003, pp. 17-20 ; Lemerle 2005, pp. 58, 94; Roumégoux 2009, pp. 231-243


« Et in ea urbe Arausia est theatrum elegans, et ipsam Arausionem alluit Medena fluviolus, qui in theatrum, dum Romani Gallias tenerent, e more ducebatur, et adhuc est ibi supra Medenam molendinum, et pons arenarum, ex quo proxime ibatur ad arenas, id est ad theatrum »…
= “In the town of Orange, there is an elegant theatre, into which, following the customs of Roman Gaul, water from the Meyne River, which flows through Orange, was diverted. There also remains over the river a watermill and a bridge, known as the 'Arena Bridge', so named because one crossed it going to the arena, that is the theatre..”