Baths of Carthage

July 15, 2016

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Photographer: Jim Bucko
Summary Author: Jim Bucko
 
The Romans, having destroyed the city of Carthage in 149 BC, re-established the city under Caesar Augustus in 44 BC. It became a provincial capital in 29 BC and during the next 200 years became the Empire's third largest city. Bathing was a fundamental part of ancient Roman society. The baths here were begun by Emperor Hadrian in the early second century on the coast of the Mediterranean. These baths were finally finished by Antoninus Pius, hence the name Antonine Baths. At the time they were the largest outside of Rome. A 138 by 72 ft (42 by 22 m) frigidarium (cold room) was at the center and can be identified today by one of its eight 49 ft (15 m) high columns. Today, Carthage is on the outskirts of Tunis, Tunisia.
 
Photo Details: Top - Camera Model: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS; Focal Length: 8.3mm; Aperture: ƒ/9.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 80. Bottom - same except: Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250).