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Autun

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Things to do: sightseeing, nightlife, museums
Autun is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in Burgundy in eastern France. It was founded during the early Roman Empire by Emperor Augustus as Augustodunum to give a Roman capital to the Gallic people Aedui, who had Bibracte as their political centre. In Roman times the city could be home to 30,000 to 100,000 people according to different estimates.Early historyAugustodunum was founded during the reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, after whom it was named. It was the tribal capital (') of the Celtic Aedui, who had been allies and "brothers" (') of Rome since before Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. Augustodunum was a planned foundation replacing the original oppidum Bibracte, located some 25km away. Several elements of Roman architecture such as walls, gates, and a Roman theater are still visible in the town.In  356, Autun came under siege by a force of Alamanni. The disrepair of the walls left the city in danger of falling. Autun was saved by the arrival of the Emperor Julian in one of his early military successes.
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