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PORT-SUR-SAONE (“Portus Abucinus” or Bucinus, or Buxinus) Haute-Saône, France.

The ancient name is mentioned in the Notitia Galliarum at the end of the list of places in the Provincia Maxima Sequanorum. It reappears in the account of the Passion of St. Valerius, archdeacon of Langres, as the place of his martyrdom (Acta Sanctorum 9, Oct. 22, 525, 526, 535). The site has been located at Port-sur-Saône, where there is a chapel to Saint-Valerius on the left bank across from the modern town. On the same bank, at the places called Le Magny and Cuclos, are sizable Roman ruins; a large villa was excavated in 1860 and other discoveries have been made recently. (Bucey-les-Traves has also been suggested as the site of Portus Abucinus.)


L. Suchaux, Dictionnaire historique, topographique et statistique de la Haute-Saône II (1866) 168-71; H. Stern, Recueil général des mosaïques de la Gaule romaine I, 3 (1960) 98-99, no. 367; L. Lerat, Gallia 22 (1964) 381-83.


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