Headstones from Timgad.

By the entrance a number of Roman head stones were put up.DSCF0420

As can be seen they were roughly the same size,shape and layout. But looking at them they were very different and it was very interesting to look closer at them. They should probably describe the person and I found myself trying to figure out exactly that.

The first must have been a farmer, he has a sheep. But he must also have grown grapes, may be making wine? I like to think that! The second is a more conventional farmer with both cow and sheep.

The first must be a mother with four children living on a farm. May be she had lost two children now riding on dolphins above her head? What are the two male figures holding her and her children up ? Aret hey workers on her farm? Are they relatives supporting her? The second is a  couple, and they look happy as do the three faces above them.

The first is clearly a loving couple, and may be the person above their head is smiling. But the second picture is a mystery to me, a nude female on a headstone?

I really enjoyed this visit, both the historical side of it, a genuine Roman city, but also the chat with the two girls who loved me blue eyes and asked if I had a son! I said yes, and they were interested until they heard his age.

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Timgad, a Roman city.

Timgad was a Roman city from the first century AD. It was probably a military camp for the legions guarding the southern border. It was planned for 15000 people but the number of inhabitants increased fast. It was abandoned around 600 AD and was discovered in 1880.

It is a good example of Roman city planning with streets, library, 14 baths, theater, forum, ramparts, layout, and arch of triumph.

Unfortunately the weather was not nice, a drizzle of rain (!) and cold, but I really enjoyed strolling up the main street up to the arch. Going through the arch I found myself talking to young girls.DSCF0432b

We had a slight language problem as their English was only a bit better than my French, that does not say much. But we managed to communicate. They were facinated with my blue eyes, they thought blue eyes were so beautiful! I sang “Beautiful, beautiful brown eyes” to them, but I don’t think that made any impressions except giggles.