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CONDATE or Civitas Riedonum (Rennes) Ille et Vilaine, France.

The chief city of the Riedones tribe, Condate was situated on a hillside near the confluence of the Ille and the Vilaine. That the town and its monuments flourished throughout the Pax Romana is evident from the stone inscriptions frequently found in the substratum of the modern city.

Towards the end of the 3d c. A.D. the center of Condate was ringed with a fortified circuit wall of the classic type (coarse rubblework faced on either side with small blocks and banded with brick). The foundations of this wall contain many reused architectural fragments, such as the statue bases with inscriptions recently found when a section of the rampart was uncovered. The Cabinet des Médailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris has a very fine solid gold patera with a Bacchic design, found at Rennes in 1774. Its inner circumference contains 16 2d c. aurei set in filigree medallions. Other objects found in the excavations can be seen in the Rennes Musée Archéologique.


A. Toulmouche, Histoire Archéologique de l'époque Gallo-romaine de Ia ville de Rennes (1847); M. Petit, “La céramique italique de Rennes,” Annales de Bretagne 78, 1 (1971); J. Bousquet, “Les inscriptions de Rennes,” Gallia 29, 1 (1971).


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