Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roman Algeria

The coast of Algeria contains come of the most magnificent ruins of the Roman Empire. After the fall of Carthage the area became a vassal state under the authority of Roman-supporter King Juba II whose wife was the daughter of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. He was installed on the throne of his Kingdom in 25 BC and from this time Rome received wheat and olive oil from this naturally productive area. The intrigue and Imperial plans of Caligula caused the murder of Juba’s son, King Ptolemy, some 70 years later. There followed five centuries of Roman domination in which their culture flourished and left us a legacy of timeless architecture. The volume of artwork and fabulous mosaics that can be seen today attests to the rich cultural life that the province came to enjoy and that is still perceptible in the modern country.

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