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Rome In Africa (Book)
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Nearly three thousand years ago the Phoenicians set up trading
colonies on the coast of North Africa, and ever since successive
civilizations have been imposed on the local inhabitants, largely
from outside. Carthaginians, Romans, vandals, Byzantines, Arabs,
TUrks, French and Italians have all occupied the region in their
The Romans governed this part of Africa for six hundred cities,
twelve thousand miles of roads and hundreds of aquaducts, some
fifty miles long. The remains of many of these structures can be
At the height of its prosperity, during the second and third
centuries AD, the area was the granary of Rome, and produced more
olive oil than Italy itself.
The broadening horizons of the Roman Empire provided scope for the
particular talents of a number of Africa's sons: the writers
Terence and Apuleius; the first African Roman Emperor Septimius
Severus, famous Christian theologians like Tertulllian and Saint
Augustine - these are just some who rose to meet the challenges of
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