ADVENTURES IN GAUL (PART 4)
Massilia Roman Gaul (Marseille, France)
Sonja and I continued our journey on a train heading south alongside the Rhone River to the coastal town of Marseille, France—the ancient site of Massilia Roman Gaul where Catrin, Celtic warrior princess, and Marcellus, her Apollo-like Roman love interest, journey in APOLLO’S RAVEN.
History of Massilia
Ancient Massilia was located in the Roman province known as Gallia Narbonensis, previously known as Gallia Transalpina (Transalpine Gaul). This city was founded by Greek colonists, Phoacaeans, around 600 BC. The Greeks introduced crops such as olives and grapes which were grown around the colony.
Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian, stated the native Gauls (Celts) had an insatiable desire for wine which the Greeks and later the Romans exploited by exchanging slaves for amphorae of wine. Narbonensis served as an important area for trade routes due to its location on the Mediterranean. Further, the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere were quite similar to Greek and Latin lands.
Taxi Ride Adventure
Laden with heavy luggage, Sonja and I deboarded the train and descended and climbed several stairs and ramps as we searched for a taxi that would transport us on our next adventure. Finally after one hour of struggling with our suitcases, we found a friendly driver with a broad grin. “Sure, I take you.”
On our wild drive to the hotel, Sonja and I gripped at anything—the edge of our seat, the door handle, armrest—as we swerved and jostled in the back seat through the city street, then under an ancient fortress, and finally around a hillside to our accommodations next to the Mediterranean Sea. The splendor of the aqua-blue water shimmering along the white limestone coastline exceeded our expectations.
After a night’s rest, we were ready to continue our next day’s adventure in the city and on the sea.
(To be continued—Quest for Catrin: Adventures in Gaul)
Website Massilia: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/Place/324496