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Images from 1965


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A general view of the town,
now out in the middle of nowhere.

I took these black-and‑white pictures when I was 15, and found them in February 1998, in some papers inherited from my mother. (I should clean house more often.) Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop, the photos of the mosaics, especially, are pretty good; but most of all, there is very little of Roman Africa on the Web, so I hope this contribution is useful. I've put everything I have on this page: each of the small images opens up to an image the same size as the one above.

Volubilis appears on Ptolemy's map of Mauretania and is mentioned once in Pliny's Natural History at NH 5.1.5.

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Gordian's Palace
(The street leads to the Arch of Caracalla)
OK, the top row was easy; but what are the items above?
Anyone who can identify these pictures (definitely of Volubilis, mind you) please drop me a line. . . .
A mysterious vatic figure:
sibyl? oracle?
Christian saint??
Medusa
looking particularly fetching: not only her hair is serpents, but so is her elegant scarf tie!
Mini-quiz for beginners: can you identify the scenes above and the person involved?
For the answer (along with the larger pictures) click on any of them.
The Orpheus Mosaic
looks like an excuse to depict the many animals Africa was known for.


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