LAMBÈSE (تازولت)

We made shortstop in Lambèse on the way to Setif. The remains of the Roman town and camp are dominated by a praetorium (commandant’s house) dating from 268, the rest of the archeological site are ruins of two triumphal arches, temples, an aqueduct, an amphitheater, baths, and many private houses. The camp of the Roman third legion, charged with defending North Africa, was moved to Lambèse between 123 and 129. Lambèse became a town during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161–180) and the capital of the Roman province of Numidia under the emperor Septimius Severus (193–211). With the departure of the legion in 392, the ancient town soon declined.