previous next

DURETIA (Rieux) Morbihan, France.

The ancient city, situated near Redon at an important ford, was spread out on both banks of the Vilaine. The ford was elevated, on a masonry foundation that allowed one to cross on foot at low tide. Originally, there was also a wooden bridge, no trace of which remains. Nothing is left today of the ancient city except for debris strewn over the fields.

Excavations on the right bank in the last century uncovered a quadrangular fanum with a gallery around it and a central cella containing a basin. The facade faced E and was framed by antae. Against the SE wall, on the outside, was added a small construction open to the E. About the same time traces of a large villa were found on the left bank. It had a sizable bath building with six rooms, one of them over 100 sq m in area.


L. Maitre, Les villes disparues de la Loire-Inférieure (1893); Grenier, Manuel IV, 797-99P.


hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: