La Numidie: Rome et le Maghreb (French Edition)

 
9782708400634: La Numidie: Rome et le Maghreb (French Edition)
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BERTHIER, A.,
ISBN 10 : 2708400630 ISBN 13 : 9782708400634
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Description du livre État : Antiquarian. Picard, Paris, 1981. 224p. ills.(B&W photographs and line drawings). Paperback. With signature from Prof. Carl Deroux on free endpaper. ?In this lively and controversial book, Berthier challenges many long held views on the geography of the Numidian kingdom. The main arguments can be summarized as follows: the kingdom of Numidai was much smaller than the generally accepted theories permit, comprising only of western Tunisa and the extreme north-eastern parts of Algeria; the Numidian town of Cirta was Le Kef in Tunisia and not Constantine in Algeria; Constantine was a Punic settlement originally and was only called ?Cirta? from the late first century BC; the Roman administrative title ?Numidia? had no connection with the Constantine region until the reforms of Diocletian; the region described by Sallust as ?Mauretania? was is reality the Aures region and not Morocco; finally, the progress of Roman conquest beyond the Numidian heartlands was barely begun in the Julio-Claudian period. These theories demand so sweeping a reappraisal of our received notions about the geography of the Numidain kingdom, that one is tempted, initially, to dismiss them as improbable and unprovable. It is very much to Berthier?s credit, therefore, that he is able to instill a substantial element of doubt into one?s mind concerning the validity of the orthodox views. (?) Although many scholars may still find Berthier?s theories unacceptable, and there are still unresolved problems, few would deny that he has revealed deficiencies in the conventional interpretations and that a thorough reappraisal of all the evidence is warranted.? (D.J. MATTINGLY in Lybian Studies, 1983, p.159). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. N° de réf. du libraire 44439

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