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Roman North Africa |
Rome builds on North Africa

Roman North Africa is drawn from Chapter Six, beginning on page 176, of Volume Two, A Pinch of Incense of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Severus’s monuments still stand

Roman North Africa - Rome builds on North Africa’s wealth

Roman North Africa - Rome builds on North Africa’s wealth
Overlooking the Roman amphitheater of Leptis Magna, Libya (opposite, bottom) is a statue of Ceres, probably installed when the theater, with its view of the Mediterranean Sea, was constructed in A.D. 1—2.

As they are throughout the Mediterranean world, the ruins of Roman towns and cities are abundant along the coast of North Africa, which produced not only a wealth of goods for export but also many distinguished Roman senators, lawyers, and literary figures. Christianity arrived early in the province of Africa, and the church there soon developed an advanced episcopal structure. In the wealthy commercial center of Leptis Magna, one of a group of three cities within the district of Tripolitania (modern Tripoli), Roman construction projects multiplied following a visit by the emperor Septimius Severus, who had been born there himself. Among Roman structures built at Severus’s behest were a forum, a basilica, and a colonnade leading from a modernized harbor to a massive piazza. In Djemila, Algeria, called Cuicul in Roman times, the Severan period saw creation of a new forum and basilica. Dougga (ancient Thugga) was the prosperous home of a mixed population of Punics and native Libyans, and even after annexation to the Roman province of Africa its citizens continued to run their own government into the early third century, while benefiting from construction of such Roman standards as a temple, forum, and Senate house.

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