Vocontii territory

Vocontii territory

after the division into 4 cities (c) J.P. / musée de Die

Somnus mosaic

Somnus mosaic

Villa de La Condamine, Pontaix, 1st century (c) musée de Die

Dea Andarta altar

Dea Andarta altar

Local bear goddess, 2nd century (c) musée de Die

A roof antefix

A roof antefix

La Bégude de Mazenc, 2nd century

Funerary amphoras

Funerary amphoras

Betic oil amphoras, 2nd century (c) musée de Die

Taurobolium altar

Taurobolium altar

to the goddess Cybele, 3d century

Roman rampart

Roman rampart

Built around 275-305 (c) J.P.

A chest-tomb made of roof tiles

A chest-tomb made of roof tiles

Tegulae and imbrices, 6th century (c) musée de Die

Gallo-Roman period

 

Within the Gaul of Narbonne, the Vocontii people signed a friendship treaty with Rome, which gave them some autonomy. The city was governed by two capitals: Vaison-la-Romaine and Luc-en-Diois.

Under the circumstances that are not well known to this day, this large territory explodes into four autonomous cities. Vaison, Gap and Sisteron therefore run their own city. In the Diois, Lucus Augusti Vocontiorum (Luc-en-Diois) leaves the place of capital to Dea Augusta Vocontiorum (Die).

The city grows and usual elements of a Roman capital appear within it: a forum, temples, two aqueducts, public and private thermae for instance. Dea Augusta Vocontiorum is an important sanctuary of the cult of Cybele (Great mother), before getting the status of Roman colony, and surrounding itself with a rampart.

Today, Die contains one of the three biggest lapidarium collections in Rhône-Alpes (along with Lyon and Vienne). The rampart and the famous gate of Saint-Marcel are listed as historical monuments. In our museum you can immerse yourself in the city's Roman sumptuous past thanks to the big rooms of gallo-roman lapidarium collection!

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