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1881. Excerpt: ... To the north of the city the tempests of two
thousand years, and the alluvial deposits of the river Bagradas,
Changes which now enters the sea several miles to the lure anl "
north of its former mouth, have turned much man. which, in the
palmy days of Carthage, was open sea into dry land or into
land-locked lagoons; while along the whole west and north front of
the city the sea has revenged itself by encroaching on the land,
and the massive substructions of fortifications which, perhaps,
turned Agathocles aside and long baffled even Scipio, may still be
seen engulfed beneath the waters at the distance of a furlong or
more from the present coast. Nor has man been less destructive than
Nature. On the same or nearly the same spot have risen successively
a Phoenician, a Roman, a Vandal, and a Byzantine capital. Each was
destroyed in whole or in part by that which was to take its place,
and each successive city found ample materials for its own rise in
the ruins which it had itself occasioned. The Byzantine city was
finally destroyed in 698 A.D. Since that time its site has been
almost uninhabited, and Berbers and Bedouins, Fatimite Kalifs and
Italian Republics, German Emperors and French Kings, have all had a
share in the work of obliteration. The cUbris of so many cities
have formed a vast quarry out of which neighbouring hamlets and
towns have been built and rebuilt, and, if we except the aqueducts
and reservoirs, which, even to the most cursory observer, tell the
tale of its former population and prosperity, he who would see any
remains of the once imperial city must dig deep down through
fathoms of crumbling masonry, or through mosaic pavement laid above
mosaic pavement, sometimes three in number, till, perchance, he
lights upon a votive tablet covered wi...
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