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El Djem Amphitheater Tunisia Africa Roman Roman Ruins c1920 Trade Card

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Seller: ajdmba (10,808) 99.9%, Location: S.E. USA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 351831683983 El Djem Amphitheater Tunisia Africa Roman Roman Ruins c1920 Trade Card NOTE: THESE ARE NOT POSTCARDS - THEY ARE TRADE/ADVERTISING CARDS. THEY ARE SMALLER THAN A STANDARD POSTCARD AND THERE IS ADVERTISING TEXT ON THE BACK! THE ACTUAL CARD SIZE IS APPROXIMATELY 2 7/8 '' X 4 3/8 '' OR 7 cm. X 11 cm. THIS IS AN ORIGINAL c1920 TRADE - ADVERTISING CARD ANCIENT GREEK - ROMAN RUINS IN AFRICA EL DJEM AMPHITHEATER TUNISIA THERE IS ITALIAN TEXT ON THE BACK The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. I HAVE MANY GREEK - ROME AND ARCHAEOLOGY CARDS THE WRITING ON THE BACK IS NOT GRAFFITI ! IT IS THE SIGNATURE OF THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY AND APPEARED ON ALL OF THESE CARDS. NOTE: I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CARD FROM THIS SERIES ON AND THE IMAGE OF THE BACK OF THE CARD MAY NOT BE FROM THIS CARD - THE BACKS ARE ALL SIMILAR. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL TRADE CARD. A WONDERFUL CHROMOLITHOGRAPH. THESE CARDS MAT AND FRAME VERY WELL! THEY MAKE GREAT GIFTS. THE COLORS ARE VERY BRIGHT AND VIBRANT. IT WAS NEVER GLUED INTO AN ALBUM. BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN AN ALBUM WITH CORNER MOUNTS. THERE MAY BE DEPRESSIONS/FLAWS IN THE CORNERS WHERE THE ALBUM CORNER MOUNTS WERE. VERY MILD AGE-TONING (PATINA). THE CARD SIZE IS APPROX. 2 7/8 '' X 4 3/8 '' NOTE: THE IMAGE ABOVE IS LARGER THAN THE ACTUAL CARD SO YOU CAN SEE THE DETAIL. THIS SHOULD INTEREST YOU IF YOU COLLECT ITEMS ABOUT: Rome - Roman, Ancient History, north Africa, Ruins, Archaeology, Latin, Italy - Italian, Emperor, Imperial, Marble, Building, Construction, Architecture, Civilization, Myth - Mythology, God - Goddess, Greece - Greek 1106 El Djem (Roman Thysdrus) is a town in central Tunisia. The city was built, like almost all Roman settlements in Tunisia, on former Punic settlements. In a less arid climate than today's, Roman Thysdrus prospered especially in the 2nd century, when it became an important centre of olive oil manufacturing for export. It was the seat of a Christian bishop- which is still occupied by a titular roman Catholic bishop today. El Djem is famous for its amphitheater (often incorrectly called "a colosseum"), capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only Romes Colosseum (about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger. The amphitheater at El Djem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races (like in Ben Hur). It is also possible that construction of the amphitheatre was never finished. Until the 17th century it remained more or less whole. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan, and at a tense moment during struggles with the Ottomans, the Turks used cannons to flush rebels out of the amphitheater. FROM: Auction Wizard 2000 - The Complete Auction Management Software Solution

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