Saturday, August 18, 2018


PUNIC WATCH, AMONG OTHER THINGS: Volubilis Monument In Morocco (MPHO RANTAO, IOL/iAfrica).
History of Volubilis

Located between the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, the city of Volubilis was seen as the administrative centre of the kingdom of Mauretania and also one of the most remote cities within the Roman Empire. It was also home for over 20 000 residents.

It is one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa for the great wealth of architectural innovation and influence from the Romans, Libyan and Moor, Punic, and Arab-Islamic cultures as well as African and Christian cultures.

When the Arabs arrived in 708 A.D. they found it populated with Greeks, Berbers, Christians and Jews – many of them descendants of those who fled the persecutions and heavy taxes of the late Roman Empire, with Latin as the main language of communication.
It sounds like it was a busy place. Follow the link for some more details and some nice photos of the ruins and an ancient mosaic.

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