(Montbazin) Canton of Mèze, Hérault, France.
Important market created by the
proconsul Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus two or three years
before the founding in 118 B.C. of the provincial capital
of Narbonne. The market was established on the great
interprovincial road that was to bear his name, the Via
Domitiana, exactly halfway between Nimes and Narbonne, the two most important native cities in that part
of the province and on the right bank of the Rhône.
The stopping place designated under this name in all
ancient itineraries should be located in the area around
Montbazin. The area has never been systematically explored, but important substructures have been found in
different sectors on both sides of the ancient road, the
line of which is still easily recognizable in this flat region. Moreover, numerous Gallo-Roman objects have
been discovered in the surrounding area.
Carte archéologique de la Gaule romaine
, fasc. X, Hérault
(1946) 16-17, no. 41; P.-M.
7 (1949) 227; “Informations,” Gallia
(1964) 494; 29 (1971) 385.