Rome in Africa

Rome in Africa

Rome in Africa

Rome in Africa


Susan Raven recounts the story of the magnificant Roman Empire in North Africa, drawing on a wide variety of historical and archeological evidence, in addition to her own experience of the region.


I received much kindness and hospitality in North Africa during the autumn of 1965, for which I shall always be grateful. in particular, I owe much to Cecil Hourani, then Director of the Centre Culturel International at Hammamet, Mohammad Bellamine, Governor of Kasserine, and his wife, and, in Algiers, Shelby Dawbarn and Simon Dawbarn, at that time Counsellor at the British Embassy Moncef Ounaies was kind enough to rescue my car from the Tunis customs, and a number of total strangers on various occasions mended its five punctures, twice patched up its electrical system on the open road, and once pushed it over several hundred yards of mud when I had imprudently embarked on a detour. Collectively they made my first visit to North Africa an extremely happy one.

At the Institut National d’Archéologie et d’Arts in Tunis the Director and his staff allowed me to use the library; the Directors of the Musée National du Bardo in Tunis, the Musée Stéphane Gsell in Algiers, the Archaeological Museum in Tripoli and the museums at Cherchel, Timgad, Sousse and Sfax permitted me to take photographs of exhibits on display; and Khaled Abdul Wahab, of El Djem, lent me stills from his film of the Dominus Julius and other mosaics in the Bardo Museum. I am very grateful to them all.

Professor W. H. C. Frend, of Cambridge University, was kind enough to read the first edition of this book in manuscript, for which I owe him my especial thanks. He did his best to preserve me from error, and if he did not always succeed the fault was never his.

That first edition was published by Evans Bros, in 1969. Since then, there has been much new research both historical and archaeological. For help in updating and revising Rome in Africa for its second edition, published by Longman in 1984, I had to thank in particular Mr Charles Daniels, Mr Henry Hurst, Professor Barri Jones, Dr Timothy Potter and Mr C. R. Whittaker, and Professor Barry Cunliffe for pointing me in the right direction. I am still most grateful to them for their advice and encouragement. They kept me from many errors, if not all: those that remained were of course mine and not theirs. I also owed a large debt to Janet Brown and

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