Roman Africa

Roman Africa

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...of that epoch frequented the markets a great deal, as their descendants still do; it is a custom which, like so many others, has been preserved. There was no lack in the cities of comfort Pliny, H. N., xviii., 21. xvii., 3, 6. X Geogr., i., 306. able, luxurious, and well-equipped markets, the ruins of which still exist. There were some also in the midst of the fields, near the large estates, in places where the peasants from the environs could gather together. The wealthy landlords, who found it to their interest to settle near them, asked permission of the Senate to do so, if the province was senatorial, or of the representative of the prince, if it was imperial. There was in the time of the Romans, at the foot of the mountains that separated the proconsular provinces from Numidia, and which to-day is the boundary of the regency of Tunis, on the height of Tebessa, a very important estate, called Saltus Beguensis (to-day, El-Begar); there have been found there in the middle of a field the still visible remains of a great portico which surrounds some less important debris, in which have been recognised ruined shops. This, then, was a market, and he who built it, L. Africanus, who wished to make known to all the world that it was authorised, took care to thrice reproduce the Senatus consultam which decreed the building of it. We have two copies of it with the signatures of the witnesses who affirmed its authenticity. It says in it: "that L. Africanus, in the province of Africa, on the territory of Begua, occupied by the Mussulmans, in the place called Ad Casas, has the right to hold a market twice each month, the fourth day before the nones, and the twelfth before the calends (the second and the twenty-first of every month); that people from...
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236583205
  • 9781236583208