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Study Day 31st October 2019

The Splendours of North Africa - Roman and Islamic Art of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco

Lecturer  Christopher Bradley  

Chris Bradley is an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. He is a professional tour guide, lecturer, and film producer who has made documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic TV and Channel 4.

The Phoenicians were the first traders to pass along the North African coast and began trading with the mysterious Garamantian people from deep in the Sahara, whose history is told in ancient rock art covering a 10,000 year period.

Ghadames is an isolated desert outpost in the Sahara where the Romans built their southernmost garrison to control the trading caravans of gold, slaves and exotic wild animals. When combined with trading in the olive oil and crops, the old Phoenician ports handling this Trans-Saharan trade became important Roman cities.

Image of a mural

Fabulous mosaics, imposing carved monuments and impressive private villas attest to the city wealth of Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Oea, Sabratha, Volubilis and Carthage. The Romans in the region became so powerful that an African, Septimius Severus, even became Emperor in 193AD.

Image of wall tiling

In the 7th Century, the Romans were replaced by the Byzantines, who introduced their own Christian-themed mosaics into North Africa.

In this study day, we plunder the wealth of the Bardo and Tripoli museums.

Venue   St Nicholas Church Hall  10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: £27.00

Morning coffee/tea and buffet lunch will be provided.

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