Ships in the Ancient Mediterranean
The Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans all prospered in the ancient Mediterranean thanks to their mastery of the sea which allowed them to fish, trade, win naval battles and establish new cities far from their own coastal waters...
Archaeological Site of Carthage (UNESCO/NHK)
Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long...
Carthage - Engineering an Empire - Full Documentary
The port city of Carthage was an ancient superpower. It brought with it revolutionary new ideas and rivalled Rome in wealth and influence.
Carthage Campaign Inscription on Coin
The North African city of Carthage fought a series of wars against Syracuse in Sicily. Carthage issued Greek-style coins to pay their army. The inscription in Punic reads "in the land (of Sicily)". Greek coin inscriptions usually name only...
Inscribed Dish from the Carthage Treasure
The Latin inscription on this dish, reading D.D.ICRESCONI CLARENT ("Gift given to the distinguished Cresconii"), identifying the family who owned the Carthage Treasure as Cresconii. They were prominent North African family of the 300s to...
Spoons & Patera from the Carthage Treasure
These spoons are an unusual shape for the Late Roman Period. Their decoration, inlaid with niello (a black metal alloy), demonstrates the fine craftsmanship represented by the Carthage Treasure. The Cross symbol suggests that the owners were...
Parure of Jewellery from the Carthage Treasure
Matching sets of jewellery (parures) are rare finds from the Late Roman Period. This set of a necklace and earrings combines rock emeralds, sapphires, and pearls threaded on gold wire. Approximately 50 years after this jewellery was made...
Silver Lidded Bowl from the Carthage Treasure
This lidded bowl is the the only surviving complete example of its kind. The handle on the top doubled as the foot ring, enabling the lid to be turned upside-down and used as a dish for serving food. The outer surface is ornamented with broad...
Roman Naval Attack on Carthage
An artist's impression of what the Roman naval attack on Carthage may have looked like during the Third Punic War, 149-146 BCE.
Carthage and its Harbour
This is a 3D rendition of what Carthage might have looked like at the height of its power. In the foreground you can see the Cothon, the city's famous military harbour.