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The city of Thamugadi was founded in 100 CE under Trajan as a veteran colony of the Third Augustan Legion based at nearby Lambaesis. The city developed and grew over the course of the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, being steadily monumentalized with many key Romano-African building types including a forum and associated structures, a theater, several sets of baths, the only securely archaeologically known library in Latin Africa, and the vast temple, fountains, and garden complex of the so-called Aqua Septimiana Felix. The town probably reached its greatest extent during the 4th c…

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Sears, Gareth, “Thamugadi”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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