|Publication Date||March 26, 2017|
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History and knowledge are most important for any culture to remain strong. The Berber people, of North Africa deserve more credit than most history books give them. - Gary Mangelsen. Credit that is owed to the greats and the legends of the Berber people. That of Massinissa, who was one of the greatest Berber kings of the ancient world. His famous statement, “Africa for the Africans” show his love for his homeland. He was the great commander who allied with the Romans, to defeat Rome’s enemy Hannibal. Best remembered in history books with his love story with Sophonisba, the most beautiful woman of her time. After marrying the rival King Syphax’s wife Sophonisba, Roman general Scipio did not trust her loyalty, and demanded that she must be taken to triumphal parade in Rome. To save her from such humiliation, Massinissa sent her poison, with which she killed herself. You will also read of Mastanabal, Massinissa’s son, an accomplished equestrian, who took part of the Panathenaic games in Athens, even winning in the chariot race. You will also learn about King Jugurtha, who waged a war to expel the Romans. Also of which the Roman Senate ordered to leave Rome, and after passing through the gates of Rome, he (Jugurtha) looked back at the city several times in silence and finally said his famous speech: "Venal city, thou wouldst sell thyself to any one rich enough to buy thee!" That of Caracalla, born in 118 AD, who became a Roman Emperor, who also murdered his brother, Geta, in order to become the sole Emperor. Then you will meet Tin Hinan, who is known to be the mythical ancestress of the Touareg Berber nation. Throughout Berber history, women had enjoyed a privileged position in the society, and there were several examples of supreme authority being attributed to a woman. The author also tells the interesting story of the tomb of “the Christian Woman” and the Legend of the Black Cow. What about Saint Augustine? Did you know that he is of Berber ancestry? Saint Monica, the mother of Augustine of Hippo, who became Saint Augustine who would become one of the greatest, of the church fathers. Her Berber name is Timaniket. You will be intrigued by this story of a young Christian girl who was given in marriage to a violent, short-tempered pagan man. Augustine who was a drinker and carouser in his youth eventually abandoned his wicked way of life and devote his life to Christ. These are just a few of the stories that will engage your attention about an ancient culture that is still in existence today. This book is also filled with pictures, descriptions and locations of the ancient ruins that were left from the earliest of times. From the pyramid like structures that resemble the Egyptian pyramids to those of Greek and Roman Style. This book takes you on the long journey of Berber civilization, one that coincided with rival civilizations of times past. One ancient site of importance is the Mausoleum of Ateban which is located at the site of Dougga. Ateban was the famous Architect of this great funerary monument, which is built on Numidian and Hellenic architecture. On this monument is a bilingual inscription written in the Punic and Tamazight languages. In this book, the author Yazid Bedjoudjou calls on the world and those also of Berber origin that live around the world to remember and preserve their cultural identity and heritage. It is a glorious past that this people have come from. They should be very proud to be, Berber and Numidian, as they were once a part of a civilization that ruled the world. As a matter of fact, some of their own have ruled as Emperors and Queens. This is a proud and beloved culture of noble lineage.
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