The ancient Romans in Vienna?

Hello and welcome to the first episode of 4 minutes History Art, and Culture in Vienna,   with your virtual city guide Achim Ferrandina. So the first episode is about the ancient Romans in vienna.

For this reason, I start here, where you can see some remains of the Roman settlement,   called castrum, which was a round of the Roman fort of VINDOBONA. These are remains from the second to the fourth century after Jesus Christ. Now we leave this point, and we go where we had the main entrance,

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

the southern entrance, into the roman fort of VINDOBONA, where about 6 000   Roman soldiers were living and working, to defend the roman empire from the barbarians.  

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

You have maybe already heard this name, VINDOBONA, maybe, I’m pretty sure you have seen that movie   “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe. This movie starts with the death of Marcus Aurelius,

The ancient Romans in Vienna?
The ancient Romans in Vienna?

Marcus Aurelius   was the so-called Philosophers’ Emperor. He lived in the second century and we were thinking in the   past, that he died in Vienna. Now we are thinking that he died in today’s Serbia. So and in the   same movie, you will hear the name of VINDOBONA and Vindobona was the name of the Roman fort,  

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

where the Romans were leaving from the first to the fifth century after Jesus Christ. So this   street now we are going where this entrance was. You will see here a few very well-known names.  

This is the most expensive street we have in Vienna. So when you will be here, and I hope   you will be one day here, then you will have here the chance to spend a bit of money, when you have   or when you want to do it. But this is not the topic. The topic is the Romans. So I’ve told   you they came here in the first century, they stood up to the fifth century.

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

We had   the from the third to the fourth century, or the fifth century, the so-called “barbaric invasions”.   The barbarians, people living in the north of Europe or eastern, coming some of these from   other regions tried to go into the roman empire, and for this reason, then the roman the western   roman empire crumbled down in 476.

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

But we had still the eastern Roman Empire,   which we had up to the 15th century. So we had up to the 15th century still “ancient Romans” because   they were calling themselves Romans, and this was in Constantinople what is nowadays Instanbul. So   now we go forward, and I invite you to try to imagine, you are a person is living around here,  

or lived around these regions in the time of the Romans, and you want to go into the roman fort.   But it was of course not possible for you. And now you start to see on your right-hand side,   you can read the word WAGNER and then you see another building a brownish one with some statues over there, and there exactly between these two things you’ve seen, was the main entrance,  

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The ancient Romans in Vienna?

the southern entrance, into the Roman fort. So we had a southern entrance, and then we had a left-hand entrance which was called PORTA SINISTRA, and we had a right-hand hand entrance on this side which was called the PORTA EXTRA, not exactly here of course, because the fort was   of course behind me. We will not enter it now, because we are not Roman soldiers,   I’m not a Roman I’m a Barbarian maybe, i’m Italian too…

The ancient Romans in Vienna?

So i hope you enjoyed this first episode.   We will talk maybe in future about the romans too. When you liked it, please leave me a thumb up,   feel free to leave me some comments. If you want to do it, or if you want to ask me some questions.   We see us next week for the second episode of 4 Minutes of History, Art and Culture in Vienna.   Thank you very very much for watching, and enjoy your life, stay healthy. Thank you very very much!

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