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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (11 Mar 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415081505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415081504
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is the only account of Roman Africa in English that is both readable and reliable, and in the twenty years since its first publication it has established itself as the standard account. This new third edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account recent research, including the international excavations at Carthage. It is indispensable for students and general readers who wish to study the history of one of Rome's wealthiest provinces, and for visitors to the area who want to understand the background to North Africa's spectacular Roman remains.' - Colin Wells, Trinity University, Texas

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 1999
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I'd travelled through North Africa on my motorcycle in 1996 and seen the many wonderful sights and sites in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt as well as the Middle East. I read this book when I returned and found, instead of a dry-as-dust academic treatise, an historical thriller, making what I saw on my travels come to life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Torben Retboll on 13 Jan 2009
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The first edition of this book was published in 1969, the second in 1984 and the third in 1993. The third edition was reprinted in 1998 and 2002. Therefore it is still available. This is very fortunate, because it is a very good book.

The topic is Rome in Africa. To Susan Raven, Africa is the territory covered by four modern states: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Egypt is only mentioned in passing, although this country is also located in North Africa and also was a part of the Roman Empire. Maybe because Egypt is a long story in itself.

Susan Raven is a journalist. She is not an academic specialist, but she is familiar with the region - she has travelled there - and she is familiar with the literature about the region, ancient sources as well as modern scholarship.

Her book is divided into 14 chapters which follow a chronological line from ca. 1000 BC to ca. AD 700. Before chapter 1 we have a chronological survey, a note on certain words and an introduction. After chapter 14 we have a bibliography, a list of modern and ancient place names and an index.

The text is illustrated by 88 black-and-white photos, many of them taken by the author herself. But the size is rather small, many of them measure only 11 x 8 cm, and the quality is often poor. This is not a picture book for your coffee table.
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A concise, extremely readable account of the Romans in north Africa - cannot reccomend it too highly. A must for anyone interested in the history of the area.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Oct 2009
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I purchased this book in aid to get me through a History degree course on the Roman Empire. I found it an extremely well researched and readable book.

Susan Raven is not pompus in her style - she just lays the bare facts in front of you. The book covers the period from before the rise of Carthage, through the Punic wars, the Roman period and then outside the other end with the coming of the Vandals and the "return to the East".

It has plenty of Black and White pictures of Roman ruins, statues etc and also some ancient city plans at the back (of Carthage, Thugga, Lepis Magna etc).

I throughly recommend anyone to buy this book who is researching the area or who is travelling to the area and wants to explore its Roman history.
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Essential for a trip to Tunisia 16 Jun 2008
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Taking a trip to Tunisia and planning on seeing the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman ruins? This is the book. Like parts of Tunisia it can be a bit dry, but it has all the information you need and excellent photos (if seemingly dated).
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History of Roman empire in North Africa 2 Sep 2008
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This superb beautifully written account of Rome in Africa has acompanied me in various editions for almost 40 years. It still suprises me how poor the quality of the photos is. The writting itself deserves better.
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