Carthage

Carthage was the site of a powerful trading empire and rivalled Rome in supremacy until the 2nd Century BC. Established by the Phoenicians in the 9th century, and later became the main city after the fall of Tyre in the 6th century. Today, in Tunisia, the ruins of Carthage are protected by UNESCO and only the Roman ruins remain. When Rome conquered Carthage, they razed the city and nothing was left, including the incredible man-made port. The description and images are extraordinary. 

 

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My main character heads to Carthage to gather information that relates to the quest. In the story and through the character’s eyes, we see what Ancient Carthage may have been like. A bustling city, with two busy ports, one for merchant ships and the other for their navy. Imagine what it must have been like to arrive in a foreign city not knowing anyone or able to speak the language. We can. Most of us have done it when travelling to another country. You feel inadequate and also a little scared because you don’t understand and may get lost!

Now where does one go to find out about something? To a library. Now there is only so much information in books and on the internet that is available. I have researched the culture, the government, the people and religion of Carthage/Phoenicians and what I found most difficult locating is people’s names. Apart from the obvious ones like: Hannibal, Hamlicar, Hanno, Hasdrubal (bit of a pattern here!) and Mago, there wasn’t much to choose from. However, I did find a website that gave the etymology of names. It took a while to weed through but was an interesting exercise and learnt a lot about names. Always learning.

I also had my character go to a library and he found it quite enlightening. Good places libraries. He learnt now has to go to Thebes, Egypt.

One day, I’ll go. Sigh…

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    • cav12

      Thanks Emily 🙂 It’s so nice to hear when other people find the information useful and interesting. I love ancient history and still learning.

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      • Patricia Awapara

        It all depends on the Theme you are using. Not sure if yours allows it, but it is easy to check.

        Go to your Dashboard menu, Appearance, Widgets. If your list of widgets has one that says Image, you will be able to do it. Remember to upload your image before you start.

        Every image you upload has a File URL. You need this to copy/paste it in the widget box, under Image URL. That is all.

        Now, if you want for people to click on the image, so it will take them to another site, then you also need to copy/paste the website address into the Link URL inside the widget box.

        I hope this helps you. Good luck! 😀

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      • cav12

        Thanks Patricia, helped heaps. Just did now, the only limitation was I couldn’t link to the other site. At least I got one up and running. Thanks again 🙂

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      • Patricia Awapara

        I see that copy/pasted a link to amazon, but it doesn’t take you to your book. So, i did a search and found it.
        This is the link you should use under the LINK URL on your widget

        also, you could use this link on your post. So even if they don’t see the widget, you will have a chance when they see your post about your book. to do this, just go to your post, click on the image, click on edit. A window will open, there you will see a space to paste your link

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  1. Patricia Awapara

    I just realized that because I posted the link, automatically, the book is displayed. However, if you go to your dashboard, under comments, I am sure you can see my comment there. Just copy the link and paste as I explained above. BTW, to do this, you need to Edit you post, and then follow the instruction above. I hope this helps. If you still need help. Let me know. I won’t mind answering any doubts you may have.

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  2. The Other Side of Ugly

    Soon I am going, perhaps we can share the journey. My family is from Italy, for 600 years, but prior to that we can trace our lineage much further back. Egypt is a part of our history. I am excited to read your work.

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    • cav12

      Thank you! What a rich history you have. My family is from Italy too, Reggio Calabria. Possibility there may be ties to the Ancient Greeks–who knows?? Will explain my fascination with Ancient History. Currently my ms is with an agent. Fingers-crossed.
      Enjoy your trip. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

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