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Historic Morocco

The Phoenicians arrived under the leadership of Hanno the Navigator after passing through the Straights of Gibraltar around 1600 B.C. The Phoenicians chose startigic places and post for trading with the locals. The posts developed later into cities. These cities include Tangier, Tetouan, Lexuos, Asilah, Chella, Volubilis and many more.

The Carthaginian (also Phoenicians) used the same sites and they were followed by the Berber Kingdom of Mauritania . This Native kingdom was heavily influenced by the Roman but was fairly Autonomous. The boundaries extended all the way to Modern day Tunisia and had its capital somewhere in Algeria. This Kingdom of Mauritania ruled from 280 B.C. to 40 AD with very prominent kings esp. King Juba II who married to the Daughter of Antonio and Cleopatra. King Ptolemy (grand on of Cleopatra) was the last Berber king. He was assassinated in 40 AD by the Roman Emperor Caligula and the story goes that he was a wearing an eye catching red dress which made the Roman Emperor mad for being up staged.

The Romans abandoned morocco in 285 AD. During the reign of Diocletian for unknown reason but their influence remained very strong in Volubilis in particular. The Latin language was still spoken when Islam arrived. However when Mouly Idress arrived few years later this area was already a Muslim area.

  • Last visit to Volubilis: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    May 11, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Volubilus --- wow, you really write about places not normally visited...I think that's awesome! There's so much to know about Morocco through these ruins --- excellent tips. I wish I can be like Orpheus, hehehe...Norman :)

  • May 7, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Another good job for another Moroccan city. I loved the tip about the Works of Hercules. Very informative

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Totally agree - recommend staying at M Idriss way above staying at Meknes!Good tips, interesting and informative - i enjoyed my own tour a few yrs ago and ive enjoyed yours thanks!

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    Oct 6, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Great tips! It seems a nice place to visit.


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