In about 250 BCE, a Celtic tribe known as the Parisii first settled Paris
on the Île de la Cité. In 52 BCE, the Parisii settlement was conquered
by the Romans and their general, Julius Caesar.
The Romans named the city
Lutetia, from an earlier Greek name
Lukotokía, whose origin is unknown. But the renaming did not stick. So the city of lights is known today as Paris, the name of its first founders, from over 2,200 years ago.
The coin is a Parisii gold coin, by the way. It dates to the 200s BCE.
A woman walks her pet chicken up the subway stairs, Paris, France, 1956. Photographed by Nina Leen-LIFE.
A woman carries her pet chicken as she examines fabrics in a shop, Paris, France, 1956. Photographed by Nina Leen-LIFE.
A day at the Halles of Paris in 1968 through beautiful Kodachrome photos.
The extending mini-skirts in Paris in the mid-1960s.
Paris, 1958. Photographed by Gérard Castello-Lopes.
Woman sitting with her pet cheetah having tea at Bois de Boulogne Cafe, Paris, France, 1932. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt-LIFE.
Avenue du Bois de Boulogne Paris, 1911. Photographed by Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
Man with doves, Paris, 1955. Photographed by Frank Horvat.