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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The main reason was to control the area with Roman citizens, who had been legionaries in many cases.

Background Until the reign of Jugurtha’s grandfather Masinissa, the Numidians were semi-nomadic and indistinguishable from the other Berber tribes in North Africa. Fossa regia topic The Fossa regia marked the border between the original Roman province of Africa and Numidia.

The last significant events in fosastum country’s recent history have been the Algerian War and Algerian Civil War.

An important decolonization war, it was a complex conflict characterized by guerrilla warfare, maquis fighting, and the use of torture. The earliest blade industries in North Africa are called Iberomaurusian and this industry appears to have spread throughout the coastal regions of the Maghreb between 15, and 10, BC. The Ifranid Emirate of Tlemcen[1] or Ifranid Kingdom of Tlemcen,[2][3][4] was a Kharidjite state,[5][3] founded by Berbers, abradez the Ifranids, in the central Maghreb in the eighth century,[6] with a capital at Tlemcen in modern Algeria.

Hiempsal, afrkcae younger and most impetuous of the two brothers, gave mortal offence to Jugurtha. After a long reign he was succeeded in BC by his son Micipsa.

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Counterscarps had become vertical by this time. Constantine was sent east, where he rose through the ranks to become a military tribune under the emperors Diocletian, inConstantius was raised to the rank of Augustus, senior western emperor, and Constantine was recalled west to campaign under his father in Britannia. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. ByJugurtha resumed his war with Adherbal and he incurred the wrath of Rome in the process by killing some Roman businessmen who were aiding Adherbal.


Pliny the Elder recounts that when Lucius Cornelius Balbus celebrated his victory over the Garamantes of the Sahara in 19 BC, one of the conquests feted in the parade through Rome was that of Milgis Gemmella, described as an oppidum usually meaning fortified settlement.

The idea is not new, Baradez p. 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 [8] correctly identified it with the fossatum of the Codex Theodosianus. To leave a comment, please sign in using the login box on the right or click hereor sign up here.

Noting that the fossatum had been established by the “ancients”, the emperors warned the Roman citizens of Africa that if they did not maintain the limes and fossatum then the job with associated land rights and other advantages would be given to friendly barbarian tribes.

There are similar, but shorter, fossatae in other parts of North Africa.

Overview Gafsa is the capital of the southwest of Tunisia and is both a historical oasis and home to the mining industry of Tunisia. Contents History Construction References. Vespasian emerged triumphant in 69, establishing the Flavian dynasty, before being succeeded by his son Titus and his short reign was followed by the long reign of his brother Domitian, who was eventually assassinated.

As of Maythe mayor of the city was Dr. The associated ancient population, known as the Snail eaters, are kno Most of the Romano-berber colonies were in the areas in red and pink.

Member feedback about Cirta: The other the modern town of Tobna is called Tubunae in Numidia, because it was situated in the Roman province of Numidia.

The Islamic influence in the area is significant, and North Africa is a major part of the Muslim world. Prior to 16th century 3rd century BC — Yksm settled by Punics. Gafsa topic Gafsa Arabic: The first direct mention of Mecca in external literature occurs in AD in the Byzantine-Arab Chronicle, claims have been made this could be a reference to the Kaaba in Mecca.


History of Algeria Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Member feedback about History of Algeria: Sheltered valleys in the Atlas Mountains, the Nile Valley and Delta, a wide variety of valuable crops including cereals, rice and cotton, and woods such as cedar and cork, are grown. Excavations near Gemellae showed the depth there to be 2—3 m, with a width of 1 m at the bottom widening to 2—3 m at the top.

Jugurtha or Jugurthen c. With a population of , Gafsa is the 9th-largest Tunisian city. Optatus tells he had a dispute with Secundus of Tigisis,[4] who charged him as a murder,[5] a charge baardez admitted. The polity was originally divided between Massylii in the east and Masaesyli in the west.

From until independence, the whole Mediterranean region of Algeria was administered as an integral part of France. Gemellae topic Gemellae was a Roman fort and associated camp on the fringe of the Sahara Desert in what is today part of Algeria. Algeria-related lists Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. The age of Constantine marked an epoch in the bradez of the Roman Empire.

Fossatum Africae

Immediately south of the wall, a ditch was dug, with adjoining parallel mounds. The edge of the Sahel, to the south of Egypt has mainly been inhabited by Nubians, Ancient Egyptians record extensive contact in their Western desert with people that appear to have been Berber or proto-Berber, as well as Nubians from the south.

This conclusion is based on the similarities with Hadrian’s Wall in Britain and with what is known about Hadrian ‘s concern to protect the Empire. Succession to the throne In the spring of BC Masinissa died and the tripartite division of the kingdom among the elderly king’s three sons, Micipsa, Gulussa, and Mastanabal, took place by Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, to whom Masinissa had given the authority to admini