In Search of Ancient North Africa: A History in Six Lives

Autor Barnaby Rogerson
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 25 mai 2021
During years of travelling through North Africa, author Barnaby Rogerson has encountered a handful of stories so complicated that he could not place them into neat, tidy narratives. These are stories of characters who were neither distinctly good nor noticeably bad, neither malicious nor noble. In Search of Ancient North Africa is a journey into the ruins of a landscape to make sense of these stories through the multilayered lives of six individuals. Rogerson digs into the lives of Queen Dido, who was a sacrificial refugee; King Juba II, a prisoner of war who became a compliant tool of the Roman Empire; Septimius Severus, an unpromising provincial who, as its leader, brought his empire to its dazzling apogee; St. Augustine, an intellectual careerist who became a bishop and a saint; Hannibal, the greatest general the world has ever known; and Masinissa, the man who eventually defeated him. Together these six lives, clouded with as much myth as fact, are characters that represent classical North Africa. Among these life stories, we explore ruins and monuments tell of their lives and see the multiple connections that bind the culture of this region with the wider world, particularly the spiritual traditions of the ancient Near East.

In Search of Ancient North Africa sheds new light on a time and place at the crossroads of numerous histories and cultures. It offers the first history of ancient North Africa told through the lives of North Africans themselves. 
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ISBN-13: 9781912208784
ISBN-10: 1912208784
Pagini: 480
Ilustrații: 12 halftones
Dimensiuni: 127 x 203 x 36 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Colecția Haus Publishing

Notă biografică

Barnaby Rogerson is an author, critic, television presenter and publisher. He has written extensively about the Muslim world, including a biography of the Prophet Muhammad and numerous travel guides. He is the publisher of Eland Books.


1. Dido of Carthage, Princess Elissa, the Wanderer
2. They met at Zama: Hannibal of Carthage, Scipio of Rome and Masinissa of Numidia
3. The Tomb of the Christian Woman and King Juba II
4. The Walls of Volubilis
5. Dougga
6. The Villa Selene
7. The New Forum of Leptis Magna
8. Septimius Severus
9. St Augustine of Hippo
10. Augustine – Aurelius Augustinus, son of Patricius
11. The Oasis of Ghadames


“Rogerson focuses on ancient figures with complicated Berber and refugee identities. . . . He takes these complex questions on in conversational style. . . . He tells us their stories with great care and animation, filling in gaps with intelligent speculation.”

"This is a worthy tribute to places and the stories of that ancient past. The reader will be carried off in their imagination and most likely feel the desire to visit many of the sites. If it inspires a love of the past, of travel and indeed of picnics, then it will have done its job."

"This book is an example of a dazzling erudition worn lightly."

"North Africa is home to some of the most impressive ruins of classical antiquity, and British author Barnaby Rogerson has been visiting (and picnicking at) those sites for the better part of 40 years. . . . His understanding of these ruins’ geographies informs the illuminating biographical sketches of the prominent North Africans at the core of a book that spans some 1,200 years to the mid-fifth century CE: Queen Dido, King Juba II, Emperor Septimius Severus, St. Augustine, Hannibal and the Berber cavalry commander Massena, who played a key role in Hannibal’s ultimate defeat. Former war photographer Don McCullin’s haunting black-and-white photographs highlight the sites"