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The Amphitheatre of El Jem

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The Amphitheatre of El Jem, located in central Tunisia rivals the Colosseum in Rome. Composed of stone bricks and supported on a flat plain by a complex system of arches, the amphitheatre is an impressive display of Roman architecture. It was constructed around 238 BCE in the small city of Thysdrus, present day El Jem. Built for spectator events, it could accommodate an estimated 35,000 people. The ruins testify to the influence of imperial Rome on Northern Africa in the third century. —Prepared by the World Tribune staff

July 21, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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