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KSAR-EL-KÉBIR (“Oppidum novum”) Morocco.

The station of Oppidum novum (It. Ant. 24.2) is generally placed at Ksar-el-Kébir, but this location is not absolutely certain. All that has been found in the town are two funerary inscriptions, one Greek, the other Latin, reused along with other Roman-looking ashlar blocks in building the Great Mosque, and a bronze statuette of a bacchante, which has since disappeared. However, there are quite a large number of Roman remains on the outskirts of the settlement, notably to the N and W. Moreover, the site has an extremely favorable strategic position at the crossing of the wadi Loukkos.


L. Chatelain, Le Maroc des Romains (1944) 109-12; C. Moran and G. Guastavino Gallent, Vias y poblaciones romanas en el Norte de Marruecos (1948) 16-18; M. Euzennat, “Les voies romaines du Maroc dans l'Itinéraire Antonin,” Hommages à Albert Grenier, coll.Latomus 58 (1962) 599-600.


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