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Tunisia's Roman Ruins

The Roman province of North Africa encompassed the modern-day countries of Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Once an enemy of Rome, the city of Carthage (modern-day Tunis) became a major Roman city during the Imperial period. In addition, Carthage was a key city for the development of Christianity in the first few centuries of the common era, as important Christian thinkers like Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine of Hippo were based in the city or spent significant periods of time there. Today, Tunisia has some of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world, but it is often overlooked. This one-hour lecture will provide some history of the Romans in Tunisia and feature pictures of the ruins taken during a research trip in 2016.


Heather Barkman was born and raised in Manitoba. After receiving her BA and MA from the University of Manitoba, she moved to Ottawa to get her PhD from the University of Ottawa with a focus on women in early Christianity. She then moved back home to Winnipeg and teaches in the Classics and Religious Studies departments at the University of Manitoba. When she's not teaching, she loves baseball, traveling, and having fun with her husband Sid and two children.


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