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The Chartreuse Mountains are a mountain range located in Southeastern France, stretching to the North from the city of Grenoble, all the way to Lac du Bourget. It is the Southern most mountain range in the series of Jura mountains belonging to what is known as the French Pre Alps.
One of the larger cities in the Chartreuse Mountains is Voiron (Isere).
The monastic “Carthusian order” inherits its name from these mountains, where its first hermitage was founded in 1084. Also derived from the mountain range’s name is that of the alcoholic beverage; the “Cordial Chartreuse” produced by the monks since 1740 and the Chartreuse color named after the drink.
The earliest historical accounts date to the Roman period, mostly due to Greco-Roman ethnography, with some epigraphic evidence due to the Raetians, Lepontii and Gauls, withLigurians and Venetii occupying the fringes in the southwest and southeast, respectively (Cisalpine Gaul) during the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The Rock Drawings in Valcamonicadate to this period.
A few details have come down to us of the conquest of many of the Alpine tribes by Augustus, as well as Hannibal’s battles across the Alps. Most of the local Gallic tribes allied themselves with the Carthaginians in the Second Punic War, for the duration of which Rome lost control over most of Northern Italy. The Roman conquest of Italy was only complete after the Roman victory over Carthage, by the 190s BC.
Between 35 and 6 BC, the Alpine region was gradually integrated into the expanding Roman Empire. The contemporary monument Tropaeum Alpium in La Turbie celebrates the victory won by the Romans over 46 tribes in these mountains.
The subsequent construction of roads over the Alpine passes first permitted southern and northern Roman settlements in the Alps to be connected, and eventually integrated the inhabitants of the Alps into the culture of the Empire.The upper Rhône valley or Vallis Poenina fell to the Romans after a battle at Octodurus (Martigny) in 57 BC. Aosta was founded in 25 BC as Augusta Praetoria Salassorum in the former territory of theSalassi. Raetia was conquered in 15 BC.
With the division of the Roman Empire and the collapse of its Western part in the fourth and fifth centuries, power relations in the Alpine region reverted to their local dimensions. Often dioceses became important centres. While in Italy and Southern France, dioceses in the Western Alps were established early (beginning in the fourth century) and resulted in numerous small sees.