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Of Gallo-Roman antiquities (15th-17th centuries)


Ville Bourges (Cher, 18)
Subject(s) Roman city walls
Author(s) Platter, Thomas II
  Physician from Basel, younger brother of Felix Platter (1574-1628)
Resource type Manuscript
Date 1599
References Platter A λ V, f. 460v°=Keiser 1968, p. 522

Keiser 1968 ; Provost/Chevrot/Troadec 1992, pp. 101-102 ; Le Roy Ladurie 1995 ; Le Roy Ladurie 2000 ; Lemerle 2005, pp. 28-31, 107 ; Le Roy Ladurie 2006


The passages in italics were added by Platter subsequently to the period in which the rest of the text was written (1604-1605)


« Unndt sicht man noch heütigs tags gantze mauren der alten statt, welche Avaricum genant gewesen ; dieselbige sindt so gewaltig in einander cementiert, daß man sie mit keinen instrumenten abbrechen kan unndt sie derhalben gantz muß laßen bleiben. »
= “And still today, one can see the walls of the old town (which was called “Avaricum”) in their entirety; these walls were constructed so solidly that it is impossible to dismantle them with any tool whatsoever and thus they have remained intact.”