A Roman theatre at Merida. The town was founded in 25 BC to protect a pass and bridge in what is now Western Spain, and became the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. It was initially settled with army veterans. There are numerous Roman remains there, and the collective archaeological remains are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The theatre is now used for a drama festival.
Scott# 114 - Roman Amphitheater, El Djem (Thysdrus). Issued March 24, 1927.
El Djem is famous for its amphitheater, often incorrectly called a Colosseum, which is capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome (about 50,000 spectators) and the ruined theater of Capua are larger.
The amphitheater at El Djem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was mainly used for gladiator shows and small chariot races (like in Ben-Hur).
Many tourists come here to see what it was like to be inside what was once a place where lions and people met their fate. Much of it is crumbled but the essence of it still remains. It is also possible that construction of the amphitheater was never finished.
A double-headed Roman statue of the god Hermes from Fréjus on the Mediterranean coast of France. Fréjus was founded by Julius Caesar. Under Augustus, veteran soldiers were settled there and it became the capital of one of the Roman provinces in Gaul. It was the birthplace of Agricola, the general who brought England within the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius. In 69 CE it was the site of one of the battles between rival claimants to be Emperor following the suicide of Nero. There are many Roman remains. After the end of the Roman Empire, it was frequently raided by muslims and largely abandoned as a result. In 1799 Napoleon landed at Fréjus on his return from his campaign in Egypt. The statue shown on the stamp was found during excavations in 1970.
Here is the Arch at Marcus Aurelius located on in Tripoli, Libya (Although I didn't realize the Romans used Zeppelins )
Stamp: Tripolitania C22
guess I missed this thread back in February ... but when I saw this stamp .. I knew that I had seen an example on cover ... recently. Went hunting and ... bingo found it!
a recent Siegel Auction lot ... only look at this file if you want to drool! Anyway here's an image of the cover in question ... (link to the entire auction held Nov 16-18 this year). The lot in question including the cover in question realized $9500 ... a bit less than expected.
One of the designs of the 1906 Tunisian definitive set shows ruins of a Roman aqueduct in Tunisia. The date it was built is uncertain: traditionally it was said to have been commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian after a visit to Carthage in 128AD in a time when the city was short of water due to a prolonged drought, but some scholars and archaeologists think it dates to several decades later. The aqueduct tapped water at several different places, where supplies tended to dry up at different times of the year, and in the early 200s, a branch tapping another major source was added. It supplied Carthage with water until 439AD, when it was destroyed by Vandals besieging Carthage. It was restored only to be destroyed again when the Byzantine Emperor Justinian conquered Tunisia in the 6th century. A further restoration took place, but the Arabs again destroyed it when they invaded at the end of the 7th century. There was yet another restoration, and the aqueduct continued in full use until the 16th century, after which it fell into disrepair. In the 19th century a French engineer put sections of the water course that were not raised above ground level back into use to supply Tunis, connecting the sections by pipes. From the water sources to Carthage the aqueduct was over 80 miles long, with an extremely shallow gradient.
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