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Ville DouÚ-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire, 49)
Subject(s) Pseudo amphitheatre
Author(s) Zinzerling, Just
  Dutch scholar (1590-1618)
Resource type Printed book
Date 1616
References Zinzerling 1616, pp. 123-124

Bernard 1859, pp. 1-14 ; Provost 1988-2, p. 40 ; Lemerle 2005, pp. 32-33, 117


The entertainment venue in question was created in the 15th century; the site was previously a vast open-air quarry


ź Vbi videbis amphitheatrum XXII. graduum maximam partem rupi nativŠ incisum absque ulla externa, uti Merula loqui amavit, materiatione calcis, arenŠ, lignorum. Justus Lipsius lib de amphith. quŠ extra Romam, cap. 6. addit aliquid amplius quÓm pagum fuisse hunc locum, c¨m ex hoc non pagani operis monimento, tum ex viŠ antiquŠ publicŠque reliquiis, quŠ ex pago eodem pertinuit ad pontem CŠsarianum, vulg˛ [124] Pont de Se: cujus viŠ pars adhuc variis locis conspicitur, pars autem maxima corrupta est, lapidibus in Šdificia absumptis. Plura vide apud Lipsium allegato loco. Solent etiamnum incolŠ quotannis exhibere in eo Comicos ludos. ╗
= ôYou will see an amphitheatre with 22 steps, essentially carved into the rock, without any trace of lime, sand or wood, as Paul Merula has observed. Justus Lipsius claims, in chapter 6 of his book on amphitheatres constructed elsewhere than Rome, that this place was larger than a village, since this monument is not a rustic work and because there are remnants of an ancient public road stretching between this area and the Bridge of Caesar, known locally as the 'Pont de Se'; parts of this road are still visible in several places, but most of it has been destroyed, the stones having been taken for building purposes; according to Lipsius, many can be seen incorporated into the buildings here. Even now, it is the custom of the inhabitants to put on plays here each year.ö