or Aspis (Kelibia) Tunisia.
town on Cape Boa rises along the slope of the hill
where the fort stands, several km NW of the present
town. Some recent works of construction in this sector
in 1966 revealed an important residential district descending in successive tiers towards the bank. Of particular importance is a luxurious villa that contained a bust of Marcus Aurelius. This aristocratic house includes a large central garden surrounded by a peristyle,
complete on three sides, on which open the rooms. The
most remarkable wing is formed of four large rooms all
paved with mosaic of high quality. The wing that is
perpendicular to it comprises a series of several chambers set against the hill. An ensemble of areas is situated above and beyond this wing, on a higher level,
constituting a piano nobile
offering a large panorama
of the sea.
About a score of meters away at the center of the
city is a capitoleum with imposing architectural elements of white marble.
A. Ennabli & J. M. Lassus “Rapport
préliminaire de la fouille de la villa romaine de Kelibia,”
3 (1969-70) 239-41.