ANTIPOLITANA (The Town in the other side) MUNICIPE

Rome, thanks to Caesar raised Antipolis to a Protectoral Administration : ANTIPOLITANA (for some Romans). The city quickly reach a rich MEGAPOL, taking advantage from all Roman luxury. It spread out as far as Grasse and Cannes.

To estimate its seize we have to consider that it needed two archeducts to supply it with water and that’s its Amphitheater (situated near today’s bus terminal) could up a lot of spectators.

Its salt marches (beach of Salis) provided all salt it needed its seaboard trade. It even had its own mint to make bronze coins.

During the 3° century, the barbarians invaded Gaul. The big cities locked themselves up in their “CIVITAS”, sheltered by they fortifications.

Antipolis lived happily under “ THE PAX ROMANA” until the end of the 4° century. During the first invasions, the reckless ANTIPOLITANA, which had spread beyond its fortifications, was destroyed.

The citizens rebuilt the fortifications with stones from their monuments. The inhabitants locked themselves up inside their CIVITAS (fortified cities) protected by the “Tourraque” and the roman towers.

From 410 on hordes of barbarians such as Goth, Francs and Huns invaded Gaul. The Roman army was unable to stop invaders. The cities surrendered, were plundered, and burnt one after the other.

Antipolitana Civitas disappeared and became ANTIBOUL (around 440)

In 486 Clovis first (or Louis The First) had defeated the last roman stronghold. He built the kingdom of the Francs and became an ally of Byzantium

Museum of Archaeology of Antibes collection
Roman ceramic and mural painting in the first century after Christ

Salis Beach in winter at Antibes (photo GEE)

Museum of archaeology of Antibes collection
Vase with antelope head, wreck of “Tradeliere”

Roman Towers in the old city, it had never been destroyed (photo Pierre-Gee)

The “Tourraque” in the old City, like it had been in Roman time (Photo Pierre-Gee)

The Middle Age was born