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LOUPIAN Canton of Mèze, Hérault, France.

A large and luxurious Gallo-Roman dwelling situated at the locality of Les Prés Bas near the N bank of the Étang de Thau and about 1 km S of the Via Domitiana. Current excavations have uncovered five rooms completely and four others partially. Almost all these rooms have polychrome mosaic pavements in geometric and storied design; they are very late and laid above more sober Early Empire mosaic floors. This sumptuous villa was mainly occupied in the Late Empire, in the 4th and 5th c. A.D. The architectural remains are protected and on view.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Informations,” Gallia 22 (1964) 493I; 27 (1969) 395; 31(1973) 494-95I.

G. BARRUOL

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