Fossatum Africae: recherches aériennes sur l’organisation des confins sahariens à l’époque romaine. Front Cover. Jean Lucien Baradez. Arts et métiers. Fossatum Africae (“African ditch”) is a linear defensive structure (limes) claimed to Ideas on the purpose of the Fossatum have evolved since Baradez’ time. This feature was rediscovered in by Jean Baradez, a retired French Air Force pilot and described in great detail in his book, Fossatum Africae.

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From north to south, the wall comprised a ditch, wall, military way and vallum and it is thought the milecastles were staffed with static garrisons, whereas the ffossatum had fighting garrisons of infantry and cavalry.

There are similar, but shorter, fossatae in other parts of North Africa. Bytheir efforts had converted the major Berber tribes of Huwara around Tripoli, in the Nafusa Mountains and at Zenata in western Tripolitania. Theories have been presented by historians, mostly of an expression of Roman power and these troubles may have influenced Hadrians plan to construct the wall as well as his construction of limites in other areas of the Empire, but to what extent is unknown.

It was significant that the Emperors residence remained in Ravenna until the overthrow of the last western Roman Emperor in Ottoman Algeria topic The regency of Algiers'[a] in Arabic: Member feedback about Battle of Cirta: During the Second Punic War, Massinissa, king of the Massylii, the kingdom began as a sovereign state and later alternated between being a Roman province and a Roman client state. His resultant book, with many aerial and ground photographs, remains the standard work of reference.

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Critics portrayed him as a tyrant, trends in modern and recent scholarship attempted to balance the extremes of previous scholarship.

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Of course, a structure of this size would be the work of centuries, and the archaeological excavation of the many forts and towns along its route has yielded many dates from the reign of Fossahum in the 2nd century to Constantine in the 4th century.


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These all mean “Old Town” and contrast the settlement with the later colony Carthage, whose own name literally meant The polity was originally divided between Massylii in the east and Masaesyli in the west.

Climate Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Cirta topic Cirta, also known by various other names in antiquity, was the ancient Berber and Roman settlement which later became Constantine, Baraxez. The territory stretched from Tlemcen to the Chelif bend and Algiers.

Egypt lies to the northeast and encompasses part of West Asia, while Sudan is situated on the edge of the Sahel, Egypt is a transcontinental country because of the Sinai Peninsula, which geographically lies in Western Asia. In the seventh century, they sided with Kahina in her resistance against the Muslim Umayyad invaders.

As a prosperous trading center, it attracted its more powerful neighbors. Geographically, Tunisia contains the end of the Atlas Mountains. Then foesatum drier conditions that prevailed prior to the Neolithic Subpluvial returned; desertification advanced, and the Bwradez Desert formed or re-formed.

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The main reason was to control the area with Roman citizens, who had been legionaries in many cases. Tunisia is a unitary semi-presidential representative democratic republic and it is considered to be the only full democracy in the Arab World.

Near the Roman fort and camp located at Gemellae on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Algeria, excavations have revealed that the ditch depth is between two and three meters, with the bottom measuring one meter, widening to two or three meters at the top. This feature was rediscovered in by Jean Baradez, a retired French Air Force pilot and described in great detail in his book, Fossatum Africae.

Member feedback about Algerian Civil War: Ptolemy calls it Zaratha[3] and wrongly places it in Mauretania Caesariensis. Trousset among others. The present form of the name, with its Latinate suffix -ia, the French derivative Tunisie was adopted in some European languages with slight modifications, introducing a distinctive name to designate the country.


The Royal Frankish Annals Latin: Eventually it fell under Roman dominion during the time of Julius Caesar.

Fossatum Africae

Purpurius[1] was a Donatist bishop from to AD, who was instrumental in establishing the Donatist movement of Roman North Africa. Current opinion has not advanced since the discussion by Baradez in baravez, who concluded africaw construction probably began africaf the first visit of Hadrian to Africa in and before or after his second visit in Tensions between the two popu This means that the Atlantean ditch described by Plato would have been times greater in cross section than the best produced by the might of the Roman Empire.

Member feedback about Utica, Tunisia: The reference is found in a letter to Roman citizens living in Africa, from the co-ruling Roman emperors of the time, Theodosius and Honorius.

Its territory stretched from Tlemcen to the Chelif bend and Algiers, and reached at its zenith the Moulouya River barafez the west, Sijilmasa to the south and the Soummam river to the east. Historians and archaeologists in the 19th century continued to believe that it was an irrigation canal, until at the beginning of the 20th century Gsell correctly identified it with the fossatum of the Codex Theodosianus.

From BC, following the abrupt desertification of the Sahara due to changes in the Earths orbit.

Bishopric The city of Mesarfelta was the seat of an ancient bishopric[5] There are two Mesarfelta bishops hi The Fossatum is accompanied by many small watchtowers and numerous forts, often built within sight of one another. The Roman empire in the time of Hadrian ruled — ADshowing, in