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c. 31,000 years ago
 
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Rhinoceroses, lions and mammoth feature on the walls of the Chauvet cave, in southern France     
Rhinoceros in the Chauvet cave

c. 4000 BC
 
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A passage grave with a superb corbelled dome is constructed on the Île Longue off the southern coast of Brittany      
121 BC
 
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The Romans establish a province in the south of France, still acknowledged in the name Provence      
102 BC
 
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The Roman general Gaius Marius defeats the Teutones, a German tribe which has made deep inroads into southern Gaul       
58 BC
 
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At the end of his year as consul, Caesar travels north to become governor of northern Italy and southern France        
52 BC
 
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The Celtic leader Vercingetorix inflicts an unaccustomed defeat on Julius Caesar, at Gergovia, but is captured later in the year       
52 BC
 
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In his winter quarters Julius Caesar writes The Gallic War, an account of his own achievements in suppressing the Gauls        
c. 20
 
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The Romans construct the massive Pont du Gard to bring water to the city of Nîmes     
Pont du Gard
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177
 
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On the order of Marcus Aurelius, Christians in Lyons are tortured to death - an instance of persecution unusual at this time      
314
 
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Warming to his new Christian role, Constantine summons more than 300 bishops to Arles to discuss the controversial issue of Donatus