Mediterranean soul of culture in the Roman era, found in the ruins of Hippo-Regia in Algeria

In Algeria, 36 million people live, but it takes nearly a million square miles, by far the greatest nation in the whole of Africa and four times more of Texas. This sparsely populated country, especially outside the major cities. Many Algerians gathered in such large urban areas, like Algeria, which has a population of four million.

Thus, Algeria – it's mostly desert land, the Saharawi people, which gives views of the city, a large expanse of land, a few people, but the sky. Seacoast beautifully green pasture and well watered, a beautiful country, which was once the granary of ancient Rome. In many ways, it has the characteristics that would be instantly familiar to Californians engaged in the fertility status of yielding – plains leading inland to the wall of mountains that usually keep well watered plain, covering the ocean water from traveling through the mountains. This is the same geaklimatalagichnae setting along the coast of the Southern California coast and Honey.

The great Christian philosopher St. Augustine was bishop of Hippo Regia, the ancient city, whose modern name with a & # 39 Annaba, Algeria. Ruins hippo Regia me back year after year, decade after decade. I feel that the soul of the Mediterranean & # 39; I hid among the ancient stone blocks. They experience Rome, when he entered the era of Christianity, and they & # 39 are among the best in North Africa to be a special trip. We can see why this land was inhabited by three thousand years ago, with the rich mobile tubercles covered with flowers, olives, rosemary couches, home to shepherds and their flocks, whose days are animated bird songs.

At the height of its activities a couple of thousand years ago, the city of Hippo was considered a part of Roman Africa, a kind of vassal of the great city of Carthage in today's Tunisia. Today Hippo-reggae with a & # 39 is part of Algeria, albeit near the Tunisian border. St. Augustine was ordained a priest in 391. He became bishop KAAD & # 39; Yutariya in 395, then a bishop in a few years, who served nearly three decades before his death in 430.

The best way to see the ancient city – it is to approach it from the promenade, which today has receded about a thousand feet from the place where before, when the Romans were trampled these beaches and walkways. Walk from the Mediterranean Sea up the small hill to the well-organized museum hippos before viewing the ruins, as the exhibits there to help put what you see, in context, which should make the investment. For example, on the first floor to gather a good collection of sculptures Salle des Bustes , Including the statute of the Emperor Vespasian, who was found on the forum. Special pleasure for me to & # 39 is a very strange armor, height is almost seven feet tall, wearing a blood-red cape. On the wall carefully detailed mosaic of the four sea nymphs or water spirits.

In the next room – another collection of magnificent mosaics, a favorite party – from the time of St. Augustine, where lions, leopards and antelopes are expelled into the trap. We easily forget that in those days the lions are not limited to Kenya and East Africa. They were distributed in the north, in the Hippo-Regia. Only the Mediterranean Sea lions are not allowed to wander through Sicily and Italy. The third mosaic scene where fishermen bring their catch includes what I consider equivalent to the old card, which depicts a hippopotamus reggae as he possibly with & # 39; was two thousand years ago.

The ruins of the ancient city occupied by many acres of land. You will find that the best houses and beautiful residential quarters of the city in those days, as in the modern city, were right on the ocean, where the sea breeze swept through their open courtyards. What's left of a half-dozen well-appointed Roman villas, their backyard of the column, some of the walls and floor are still visible.

Two houses that are particularly worth a look – it's Labyrinth Villa and Villa procurator, who, in my opinion, with the & # 39 are the most impressive examples of how the wealthy have organized their homes. These forks waterfront, if you continue south past the baths, where you get to the edge of the Christian quarter and 150 futovaga outlines the majestic basilica of the early Christian period, where Augustine, probably served as bishop of the court. The mosaics on the floor quite beautiful.

None of the modern visitor Algeria should not demonstrate the chance to visit the Hippo-Regia and pay tribute to this vision of the past.