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Roman ruins
Roman ruins
Corseul is located in France
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Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Dinan
Canton Plancoët
Intercommunality Plancoët Val d'Arguenon
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alain Jan
Area1 41.74 km2 (16.12 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,975
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22048 / 22130
Elevation 13–126 m (43–413 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Corseul (Breton: Kersaout, Gallo: Corsoeut) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department of Brittany in northwestern France.

The town was a major Roman town and contains Roman ruins. The town hall contains a small archaeological museum.[1]


Corseul was called Fanum Martis ("Temple of Mars") in Latin and was the capital of the Gallo-Roman province of Coriosolites. It was founded in 10 BC.[2] In the 3rd and 4th centuries, like many other cities, Fanum Martis was renamed for its people, the Curiosolitae. This name change occurred as the Roman Empire weakened and paralleled a revival of the ancient Gallic gods in local religious sculptures and dedicatory inscriptions.[3]

Some 1.5 kilometres to the southeast, at Haut-Bécherel, stand the prominent remains of an extensive Roman temple sanctuary, built at the time of Nero and Vespasian.[4]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,830 —    
1968 1,925 +5.2%
1975 1,955 +1.6%
1982 2,022 +3.4%
1990 1,987 −1.7%
1999 1,977 −0.5%
2008 1,975 −0.1%

Inhabitants of Corseul are called coriosolites or curiosolites in French.

See also


  1. "Official site" (in French). Commune of Corseul. Retrieved 20 December 2009. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. H Kérébel, "Évolution d'un chef-lieu de cité au cours de la première moitié du Ier siècle: Corseul (Fanum Martis), capitale de la cité des Coriosolites" Les villes de la Gaulle lyonnaise, 1996, reports on excavations since 1984; some finds from the site are conserved in the town museum and in the Musée Archéologique at Rennes.
  3. "Corseul, capitale romaine des Coriosolites" (in French). Retrieved 20 December 2009. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Louis Gouipeau, "La datation archéomagnétique du temple du Haut-Bécherel à Corseul", Revue Archéologique de l'Ouest 1984.1:pp84-88.

External links

Map of Roman Brittany