Rome Journal

Andrew moves to Italy. Hilarity ensues.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

El Jem is truly Outrageous.

(Okay, I admit that I've been waiting to use that title since I visited the place. Sorry. Though if you recognized that, you're the one who should be sorry, probably.)

El Jem is not much of a town nowadays. But in Roman times, Thyrsus was a wealthy place, wealthy enough to build a truly huge amphitheater. It's something like the third largest in the empire (after the Colosseum and Capua) and is very well preserved. You can see here how it dominates the teeny tiny modern buildings:

And a view of the inside of the amphitheater:

It's big! Really big! And what's cool is that, like so many Tunisian sites, they just don't really care where you go: climb all you want, they figure...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last photo mean : interdiction of passage for cars that contain explosive material

2:03 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Ah, thanks for the explanation! I've been wondering for a long time now.

4:14 PM  

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