Bronze (lost wax cast)
W. 193 cm; Thickness. 0.8 cm; H. 139 cm; Weight 222.5 kg
Europe / France / Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / Rhône department / Lyon / Lyon 1st arrondissement / Croix-Rousse
History of the work
The Claudian Table was discovered in 1528 on Croix-Rousse Hill next to what is now St. Polycarpe church. The following year, it was purchased by the Consulate of Lyon.
Claudius, an emperor who welcomed foreigners
Born in 10 B.C. in the Roman colony of Lugdunum, the emperor Claudius governed from 41-54 A.D. He had close ties with his native city, which adopted his name during his reign. Was this a favorable factor for the Gauls? Or was the emperor already open to welcoming foreigners? The philosopher Seneca reproached Claudius ironically when he wrote that the emperor wanted to see the entire world wearing togas and that if people paid attention to him, there would be no more foreigners in the Empire !