I am currently reading Oliver Pötzsch’s international bestseller, The Hangman’s Daughter, a story that takes place in Bavaria in 1659, after the 30 Years war. Although the characters live in a small town called Schongau, there are many references to the big town nearby: Augsburg. One of the reasons I am enjoying the book is that, earlier this year, after the CIPEG conference in Munich ended, I visited Augsburg with my friend Dana. What on earth does that have to do with archaeology?
Well, the city of Ausgburg was actually found in 15 BCE by Tiberius and Drusus on the order of their step-father, Roman Emperor Augustus. (I’ll admit that I do have a soft spot for Augustus…) The city, Augusta Vindelicum, which was originally a military camp, soon prospered thanks to its prominent location at the crossroads of various trade routes and became the capital of the Roman province of Raetia. While there is a Roman Museum in Augsburg that would have liked to visit, it was closed during our day trip. I’ll have visit again because I would very much like to learn more about the Roman period in Augsburg and the region.
On this note, I leave you with three photos of this beautiful city… including a nice shot of a statue of Emperor Augustus.