It’s been five years I have been visiting Dougga, the antique punic and later roman city who’s ancient name Thugga derives from the numidian word tukka meaning « steep roc ». Dougga was built in the 2nd century A.D. and lies in the roman province of Africa Proconsularis, a territory covered today mostly by Tunisia and a small part of Eastern Algeria. I still remember the view from the roman Capitol over the beautiful landscape, where the green coat of spring was starting to cover the fields. Here are some beautiful photographs of Dougga by french photographer Manuel Cohen.
« But what he (Ammianus Marcellinus) observed, as the empire slowly crumbled, was a loss of cultural moorings, a descent into febrile triviality. ‘In place of the philosopher the singer is called in, and in place of the orator the teacher of stagecraft, and while the libraries are shut up forever like tombs, water-organs are manufactured and lyres as large as carriages.’ »
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve. How the world became modern. 2011.