Spotlight Lecture

Dougga and Thuburbo Maius: Roman Cities Beating with African Hearts – Tuesday 6 April

Tuesday 6 April


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Dougga and Thuburbo Maius, two stunning Numidian cities in modern Tunisia, became prosperous in the Roman period through the trade of olive-oil. Through exploring the magnificent buildings of these Numidian cities, we will examine how they adopted Roman culture and adapted it to suit their needs. Like many Roman cities, both Dougga and Thuburbo Maius have temples to the Capitoline Triad, shrines which were based on the Capitolium in Rome and which made them appear Roman. The Numidian cities also have baths, latrines, fora and macella which resemble their counterparts in other parts of the Roman empire. At the same time, these cities are distinctively Numidian in that their buildings are constructed in opus africanum, a building technique peculiar to North Africa and in that they venerated the same gods venerated by their ancestors before them. Temples of Ba’al, who becomes conflated with Saturn in the Roman period, dominated the highest points of both cities and several temples had the same triple cella which is see in Numidian and Carthaginian cities. In addition to exploring the cultural adaptations of these cities, I will explore their trade to Rome.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 6 April 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:00 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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