10 mai 2006

The Rocher des Doms, birth of the city

Bordant le fleuve charriant les eaux de pluie et des neiges de montagnes, coeur de roche où est née la plus vieille cité de France, "le Rocher des Doms".
On y a découvert il y a plusieurs années, une stèle témoignant d'une présence humaine sur le lieu, il y a plus de 4 000 ans. Durant l'antiquité, nombre d'individus s'y établissent et construisent un oppidum. On raconte que le peuple Cavares occupait cet emplacement stratégique, profitant de la voie fluviale pour pratiquer des échanges avec la grande et influente Massalia. Le nom d'Avignon viendrait de Aouenion qui se traduirait en celte par "ville du vent violent" et en ligure par "seigneur du fleuve", celle-ci étant l'interprétation la plus probable.

Bordering the river who carrying rainwaters and snows from the mountains, heart of rock where was born the oldest city of France, "le Rocher des Doms". One discovered there several years ago, a stele testifying of a human presence on this place, there is more than 4.000 years ago. During the antiquity, many persons are established there and built an oppidum. We told that the "Cavares" took place in this strategic site, benefitting of the waterway to practise exchanges with the large and influential "Massalia". The name of Avignon would come from "Aouenion" who could be translated into Celt by "city of the violent wind" and into Ligurian by "lord of the river", this one being the most probable interpretation.

4 commentaires:

heidi a dit…

This is a beautiful shot.

Brian a dit…

Very informative and a nice shot. Didn't realize there were cities four thousand years old in France...

MoonSoleil a dit…

Great information and very nice picture. Thank you!

luggi a dit…

"la plus vieille cité de France..."

Very informative.

Merci!