Nicolas Bergier

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Nicolas Bergier (French: [bɛʁʒje]), (born March 1 1567 Rheims, died August 18 1623, Château de Grignon) was a lawyer at the Presidial Seat of Rheims, lived in 17th-century Rheims and became interested in Roman roads there. Mentioning by chance his interest in the funding of Roman roads to Conde du Lis, advisor to Louis XIII, he found himself suddenly commanded by the king to undertake a study of all Roman roads. Five years later he published his Histoire des Grands Chemins de l'Empire Romain,[1] a two-volume work of over 1000 pages. There were many subsequent editions. This first scholarly study of Roman roads included engravings of the Tabula Peutingeriana. Edward Gibbon consulted Bergier's work while researching his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


Historian, lawyer, Nicolas Bergier taught at the Collège des Bons-Enfants and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rheims. Friend with Jacques Dupuy and Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, he was appointed, thanks to another friend the president De Bellièvre, historiographer of France, with a pension of two hundred ecus.

He worked with Charles du Lys, lawyer, and Nicolas Brulart de Sillery, Chancellor of France.


  1. ^ Bergier, Nicolas (1567-1623) Auteur du texte; Welser, Marcus (1558-1614) Auteur du texte (1622). Histoire des grands chemins de l'Empire romain , contenant l'origine, progrès, et estenduë quasi incroyable des chemins militaires,... par Nicolas Bergier,...{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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