Charles Roach Smith and late Roman defences in western France: Franco-British cooperation in the mid nineteenth century

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The paper examines the contribution of the publications by the British antiquarian Charles Roach Smith to knowledge of two sets of late Roman defences in France, Dax (Landes) and Larcay (Indre-et-Loire), and his participation in the 'affaire' of the demolition of the walls of Dax. His illustrations preserve evidence otherwise unrecorded.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDe Rome a Lugdunum des Convenes
Subtitle of host publicationhommages a Robert Sablayrolles
EditorsEmanuelle Boube, Alain Bouet, Fabien Colleoni
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • France, Roman, defences, Dax, Larcay