View of Cuicul (Djémila) in Algeria

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Carole Raddato
published on 10 February 2023

Cuicul (modern Djémila in Algeria) was a veteran colony established under Roman emperor Nerva (r. 96-98 CE) in a mountainous area between Cirta (modern Constantine) and Sitifis (modern Sétif). Originally a tiny walled town of c. 7 ha (17 acres), it expanded southwards over the years to reach 20 ha (49 acres), as other settlers from elsewhere in Africa settled at Cuicul. The extensive ruins include two forums, a theatre, an Arch of Caracalla, temples (Capitolium, Venus Genetrix, Gens Septimia), baths, two Christian basilicas, and a baptistery.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2023, February 10). View of Cuicul (Djémila) in Algeria. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Raddato, Carole. "View of Cuicul (Djémila) in Algeria." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Feb 2023. Web. 27 Mar 2023.