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Mar 23, 2010 - Chemtou

@@@@@@@ The site on the northern bank of the Oued Medjerda was originally a Numidian (Berber) settlement and marble from here was used to construct the monument of Micipsa in Algeria in 130 BC. The region came under control of the Romans when Caesar defeated the combined forces of Pompey and the local Numidian king. The unusual pink-veined yellow marble was exported throughout the Roman Empire; a symbol of Rome’s domination over exotic lands, looking for all the world like gold. Slaves were pressed into the difficult job of cutting the huge...

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