Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2016


Carthage after the Romans. It’s a powerful and dispiriting image and it was evoked by US secretary of state John Kerry in reference to Syria and President Bashar Al Assad’s continuing campaign to batter his people into submission. Whatever anyone thinks of US policy on Syria, there is merit in paying attention to the recent … Continue reading “Might Syria really become the 21st century’s Carthage, ruined cities of sighs?”

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The imperial baths at Carthage were the third largest in the Roman world

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2015


On to the Baths of Antonine, built 2,000 years ago when Antoninus Pius became emperor. This was the third largest baths complex in the Roman world. Next door were public latrines. When the baths were fully in use, they measured about 35,000 sq m. Today, only remnants of the substructures remain but they indicate the … Continue reading “The imperial baths at Carthage were the third largest in the Roman world”

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To Carthage then I came. The great city that became a metaphor

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2015


Carthage has a powerful hold on the imagination. Founded in the 9th century B.C., it is the great city whose greatness did not enable it to escape destruction. The centre of a great trading empire, it was reduced to rubble, its dreams became dust. It is the place that produced Hannibal, one of the greatest military commanders … Continue reading “To Carthage then I came. The great city that became a metaphor”

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Three ‘T’s can be said to define Tunisia. Not that ugly fourth, terror

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2015


How do you define a country? Especially one as old and ethnically and culturally diverse as Tunisia? This is a country whose capital still has an ampitheatre built by the Phoenicians, remember? The gardens around some of the plush villas in Carthage, which was founded by the Phoenicians who came in the 12th century BC … Continue reading “Three ‘T’s can be said to define Tunisia. Not that ugly fourth, terror”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK