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Ville Vienne (Isère, 38)
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. 6v°= Terrebasse 1844, p. 10

DLF XVIe siècle, p. 446 ; Terrebasse 1844 ; Macé 1852 ; Pelletier 1982, pp. 211-216 ; Lemerle 2003, pp. 10-14 ; Lemerle 2005, pp. 58, 97


The theatre was identified as the amphitheatre until the 19th century


« Et in circuitu Viennæ quinque Romanorum legiones totidem castra extruxerunt, […] adhuc ex illis extat unum forte et superbum, quod Viennenses nunc Pupetum vocant, et est in colle arte hominum facto magna excelsitudine et inaudita compositione, civitatique superminet. »
= “And around Vienne, five Roman legions constructed an equal number of camps […]. Of these camps, there remains only one fine and strong part that the people of Vienne call the 'Fort Pipet'. It stands upon a very high upon an artificial hill, is exceptionally solid and dominates the whole town.”