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Ancient City of Carthage

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Tunis, Tunisia.

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The ruins of the seat of Hannibal’s empire, the city founded by Queen Dido in the 8th Century are now scattered just out of modern Tunis, the ruined Roman baths and temples now just as decrepit as the Punic constructions the Romans burned and flattened before rebuilding the city. Part excavated and in pieces under fields of wildflowers, these two great warring empires are equal at last.

The National Museum on the hill on which Queen Dido’s city was founded is where many of the best relics and artefacts are kept, but there are many outdoor remains as well – notably the huge Roman baths, 47m long, the Roman theatre, which is still used for summer productions, and the Punic necropolis by their much prized harbour.

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“Site of Carthage”

'Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long Punic wars,… Read more...

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Carthage Punic Harbours

The Location: A forward pushing piece of land between Sicily and Tunisia, this spot was always going to be useful when it came to trading and warring at sea. Which is why in the 1st Century BC two great harbours were dug into the land, leaving only a small opening onto the sea. The first is a long harbour for the merchant navy, then off that, cut further inland, is a harbour for keeping war ships in. The opening on to the ocean could be closed with iron chains if necessary. Both the care taken in the building of these ancient harbours and the training received by Carthage’s navy prove how important the seas were to the power of this city.

The Background: Carthage, under the Phoenicians was once one of the wealthiest ports in the Mediterranean, and a major regional power with it. When the Romans sacked, flattened and felled it in 146BC they took advantage of the city’s perfect positioning and re-founded it to become one of the most important cities in the region, and in the Empire.

Today: The shape of the main mercantile harbour still remains, and excavation has been going on in the area around it to try and learn more about the history of Carthage. Visitors van walk around the harbours or take a boat ride on them.

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