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Tunisia - Carthage

4 of the main sites of Ancient Carthage. National Museum of Carthage, Baths of Antonin [Thermes D'Antonin, Baths of Antonius], Roman Theatre & Amphitheatre. It is from Carthage that Hannibal left on his elephants for the Alps during the 2nd Punic War

On Tunisian Roads
Jul 30, 2005

A very poor collection of photos, taken through a filthy taxi window, that had no handle enabling it to be opened, of general sights along the road from La Goulette to Carthage, Sidi Bou Said [inc a few photos in SBS], Tunis itself, and back to La Goulette - 30 July 2005

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Thermal Baths of Antonin
Jul 30, 2005

Also known as Thermes D'Antonin & Baths of Antonius (Antonine). Built during the reign of the Emperors Hadrian & Antonin 145 - 162 AD the baths are the largest in the Roman World, beside that of Rome itself. The last of the 8 colossal columns that supported the central room, gives us just a glimpse of the grandeur of these baths that covered almost 2 hectares.

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National Museum of Carthage
Jul 30, 2005

The National Museum of Carthage located on the Byrsa Hill, overlooks the
modern Carthage ,the Punic Harbour, & Tunis. It contains an interesting Punic & Roman collection. The main ruins of Punic Carthage are here as well. The restored former cathedral of Saint Louis, which crowns the hill is now a cultural centre.

Please read the despcriptions of many of the items on display which follow the photographs they relate to.

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Roman Theatre
Jul 30, 2005

The Roman Theatre dating from C2 AD seated 5000 spectators & is still in use for the Cartage Festival, with nightly shows, held in July through August. It was one of the largest in the empire, but through the centuries it was almost totally razed to the ground. At the beginning of C20, it was partially reconstructed.

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Jul 30, 2005

The Amphitheatre - built in the C2 for over 50,000 spectators, was the scene for the martyrdom of Christians in C3. Although only the underground rooms & a part of the foundations remain, they bear witness of its grandeur & magnitude.

Gladiators fought to the death, hunters killed wild animals & some made a living by letting themselves be mauled by animals & priding themselves on the resulting scars. When an emperor ordered a persecution of Christians, individuals who refused to forswear their faith were sacrificed to hungry beasts.

For a handful of photos of the island of the Punic Port - Carthage [14 April 2006], as seen from the road [but there is little to see], view:-

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