Language variant : Arena of Nimes
Architect : n/a
Locality : Nimes
Country : France
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The piles of newspapers mooning around the arena in Nîmes brought to my mind the rabble that filled in the bench rows in ancient times, yet more intense, noisier and dirtier than the decent people from Provence who were reading their newspapers while waiting for the bullfight to start. However, the previous public did not have newspapers in their pocket—in the ruck of their toga I was going to say—but certainly the news travelled from mouth to mouth while the gladiators were strapping their helmets and the beasts were growling in the underground prisons.
Palola, Katri ja Eino: Huoleton retki läpi Ranskan, Karisto Oy, 1937, p. 129.
Ed. and transl. Katriina Puputti