Tunisia - The Past - Roman


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Tunisia - The Past


Scipio had every building in Carthage demolished, the land ploughed over and sown with salt to make it barren.

Twenty four years later, Caius Gracchus proposed a new city but according to Plutarch, the Roman flag fell down and the sacrifical animals ran away in the storm that promptly followed.

Only after Julius Caesar had routed Pompey's army in Tunisia, in 46BC, was Carthage rebuilt.

Once the Berber kings had been subdued, Tunisia was placed under direct Senate control.

With the Roman empire came Christianity. It was largely this that led to the collapse of Latin Tunisia - Christianity and the camel.

For while the orthodox church was rife with schisms, the spread of the camel in the Sahara gave the Berbers a mobility that the Roman legions could not match.

Weakened internally by religious and social unrest and externally by these southern raiders, Tunisia offered little resistance to the Vandals.


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Hi Essem hope that you are well! Essem do you remember a gentlemen that was a member on here anyway he used to love talking about the Romans, wonder if he can see this post.:)

Carthage, and other cities in Roman Africa, contain the ruins or the remains of large structures dedicated to popular spectacles.
Peace and prosperity came to Carthage and Africa Province. Eventually Roman security forces began to be drawn from the local population. Here the Romans governed well enough that the Province became integrated into the economy and culture of the Empire, attracting immigrants. Its cosmopolitan, Latinizing, and diverse population enjoyed a reputation for its high standard of living.
Julian died probably in Africa province, as its Roman governor or shortly thereafter.
The majority of the Berbers adjusted to the Roman world, of course, does not signify their full acceptance. Often the presence of cosmopolitan cultural symbols coexisted with the traditional local customs and beliefs, i.e., the Roman did not supplant the Berber, but merely augmented the prior Berber culture, often the Roman being on a more transient level of adherence