Classical Antiquities of Algeria: A Selective Guide

Classical Antiquities of Algeria: A Selective Guide


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Algeria is a large country, rich in visual remains of its long and complex history. The monuments of the Roman period are particularly impressive. This is partly because they are well-preserved, but also because the French, who colonized the region in the nineteenth century and ruled it until 1962, carried out extensive excavations and restorations.

Algeria is not yet in the grip of the mass tourism which is engulfing better known destinations; now is therefore the time to explore its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The Roman sites rank among the most impressive anywhere in the Mediterranean and represent an important aspect of the nation's past. This guidebook will take you to all the sites, with an historical introduction, a detailed gazetteer of the principal museums and Roman sites and lavish provision of maps, plans and photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781900971546
Publisher: Society for Libyan Studies
Publication date: 05/31/2019
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès was born in Sidi-Bel-Abbès in Algeria but now lives in the South of France. He studied history and philosophy at university and has subsequently been a teacher of French literature and a writer. He has participated in the underwater explorations of the French Archaeological Mission in Libya and was the founder of the publication house Édisud, dedicated to bringing archaeology to a wider public.

Claude Sintes, also born in Algeria, is an archaeologist with wide experience of archaeological projects in Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. As Director since 1995 of the Musée départemental Arles antique, he has been involved in hosting an important exhibition on Ancient Algeria (2003) and in the conservation of mosaics from Algeria and other countries. He has served as an adviser on heritage matters to UNESCO and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and has been honoured in France as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Philip Kenrick is a classical archaeologist who has worked in many parts of the Mediterranean and published several archaeological monographs.
Since 2005 he has led cultural tours, and he has previously written archaeological guides to Libya: Tripolitania (2009) and Cyrenaica (2013), both published by Silphium Press.

Table of Contents

Sources of illustrations v

Translator's preface and acknowledgements xi

1 Historical introduction 1

Before the Roman conquest 2

The progressive imposition of Roman control 3

From the Severans to Constantine 5

The Vandals 7

The Byzantine reconquest 8

The organization of agriculture in the Roman period 9

Africans and the passion for literature 12

Christianity and the conflicts that came with it: Catholics, Donatists and Arians 14

The history of research 17

2 Mauretania Caesariensis 23

The mausoleum of Beni Rhénane 24

Portus Magnus (Bethioua, formerly Saint-Leu) 26

The Djeddars 27

Caesarea (Cherchel) 29

The Aqueduct of Caesarea 50

Tipasa 52

The Mauretanian Royal Tomb 75

Icosium (Algiers) 77

Rapidum (Sour Djouab) 88

Sitifis (Sétif) 92

3 Numidia 99

Cuicul (Djémila) 100

Castellum Tidditanorum (Tiddis) 139

Cirta-Constantina (Constantine) 152

The mausoleum of El Khroub 161

Thibilis (Announa) 162

The Medraten 166

The Legio III Augusta 168

Lambaesis (Lambèse/Tazoult) 169

Thamugadi (Timgad) 185

Diana Veteranorum (Zana) 222

The frontier zone 226

4 Africa Proconsularis 231

Hippo Regius (Bône, Annaba) 232

Calama (Guelma) 252

Thubursicu Numidarum (Khamissa) 257

Madauros (M'Daourouch) 265

Theveste (Tébessa) 271

Chronology 291

Glossary 292

Further reading 307

Index 309

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