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On the southern slopes of the Kroumirie mounts, Bulla Regia was most probably founded by the Phoenicians. It was conquered in 203BC by Scipio the African. Around 150 BC it became the capital of Hiarbas, the king of a small Numid kingdom. Later, one of the sons of king Massinissa had a residence in the city. Romans conquered it in 46 BC when Julius Caesar organized the “Africa nova”. Under Augustus, it became Colonia Aelia Hadriana Augusta Bulla Regia. It was transformed into a colony as it had an excellent geographical position :
- in the middle of the rich Bagradas valley, watered by the main river of the country, the Medjerda.
- On the road from Carthage to Hippo Regius.
It was in the 2nd and 3rd century AD that the Roman Bulla Regia had its greater pride. The architecture of the houses is very special and found nowhere else. Because of the heat, they were built on 2 levels. The ground level was for winter while the underground level was for summer. It was arranged in a way that allowed light to come in but not the heat. Moreover they had an elaborate system of air conditioning. The bottle shaped earth ware objects shown on next picture are open on both ends. They were piled one above the other and covered completely the walls, making a perfect lining in which air could flow, maintaining a pleasant temperature.
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