El Djem ( Latin Thysdrus ) Is A Town In Mahdia Governorate , Tunisia , Populatio ...
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Description: el djem ( latin thysdrus ) is a town in mahdia governorate , tunisia , population 18 , 302 ( 2004 census ) . it is home to some of the most impressive roman remains in africa . the city was built , like almost all roman settlements in tunisia , on former punic settlements . in a less arid climate than todays , 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 . by the early 3rd century ad , when the amphitheatre was built , thysdrus rivalled hadrumetum ( modern sousse ) as the second city of roman north africa , after carthage . however , following the abortive revolt that began there in 238 ad , and gordian is suicide in his villa near carthage , roman troops loyal to the emperor maximinus thrax destroyed the city . it never really recovered . how thorough the destruction was in the 3rd century is not
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