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I was very interested in visiting Zama because there it took place one of those important events that changed the World History: the Battle of Zama, where Hannibal was defeated by the roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio and meant the end of his power and the emergence of the Roman Empire. That happened in 202 BCE during the Second Punic War. There would be another Punic War, the Third Punic War, but it was just to be sure that Cartago never will recover again (after the Second Punic War Romans prohibited Cartago to spend its money in wars so they used it to theirselves becoming a prosperous and beautiful trading city and Romans started to be afraid. . .).
Nowadays Zama Regia is known by locals as « Jama » and it?s a tiny and lost village of about ten shacks (picture 3).Although being a very off the beaten path place, its inhabitants were not surprised to see us, I guess they are concious of Jama?s importance. The archaeologic site is closed to the public, archaeologists keep on doing excavations and studying the remains but the guardian was kind enough to let us come in. But photography is strictly forbidden inside and he will follow you everywhere to be sure that you respect it. What you can see today is a Roman city built some centuries after the battle, with the remains of a market, a temple and some dwellings. (picture 2). But you can immagine by the landscape the position of the Romans and the Cartagininians and how Romans moved forward.
By the way, gorgeous landscapes !(picture 4).
Directions: Central West of Tunisia
12 Km West of Siliana
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