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#Paris Date-a-Day sampler: David Downie’s Paris Timeline, today’s date: 52 BC



Why 52 BC? Keep reading and you’ll find out. It’s one of the key dates in the history of Paris (hint: it’s also a key date in the history of ancient Gaul and Rome)…

What is the Paris Timeline app? Here’s the bumph: 

Entertaining, informative, opinionated: David Downie’s Paris: Timeline app brings Paris alive. Created by the author of “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light,” the app was inspired by that critically acclaimed collection of essays.

When, where, what and who: David Downie’s Paris Timeline features key dates, places, events and people in Paris’s 2,000+ years of history. It’s all you need to explore the City of Light on site or in an armchair, from the time when Paris was a pre-Roman settlement of mud huts, to the kaleidoscopic megalopolis of the present day.

Fully illustrated with hundreds of historic images or contemporary photos, this GPS-driven app tells you where to go to see Paris’s history alive today or documented in the streets, monuments, churches, museums, parks, and gardens of the city.

While you roam the streets of Paris, David Downie’s Paris Timeline will help you discover what you’re looking at, when it was built or came into being, and what historical or contemporary figures are associated with the site.

Sort and discover Paris by date or place. But also by name — “Napoleon” for example — or by event-driven term —“Impressionism,” for instance.

This app is executable on your hand-held device. You won’t have roaming charges to pay in Paris unless you choose to exit the app to browse the Web or use interactive maps.


Paris Timeline Sampler #1


52BC, Starring Vercingétorix and Julius Ceasar

A bad year for the Gaulois: Julius Caesar defeats the Gallic chieftain Vercingétorix and his assembled Celtic tribes in Alésia (a village in Burgundy) and then takes over Gaul, ushering it into the Roman-Mediterranean world. The die is cast: Paris will become a Roman city.


Later, over a period of centuries, the Romans build a city on the Left Bank and fortify an island-stronghold on the Ile de la Cité.


Lutetia Parisiorum





They destroy the Gallic settlement, and rebuild bridges and roads.


The murky Seine inspires the city’s unflattering Latin name Lutetia Parisiorum. In Latin lutum means mud.


Later inhabitants soften Lutetia to Lutèce. Modern linguists contest this etymology, insisting the name is derived from ancient Gallic (a mysterious and dead language).


Keep reading…



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