|TRAVEL ADVICE|WHAT OTHERS SAY|
| Official Name
|| Republic of Tunisia
|Head of State
|| President General Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (Ben Ali)
|| Tunis (largest city)
|Other Major Language
|| Islam 99%
|| Algeria on the West and Libya on the East .
|| Mediterranean in the north, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Southern
Tunisia has an arid climate, and hot, dry winds in the summer.
|| The total area is 163,610 square kilometers or 63,170 square miles
|| 3 du Senegal St., Place d'Afrique, Tunis, Tunisia.
|| Large map of Tunisia.
When did the Punic Wars really end?
In 1985 the mayors of Rome and Carthage (now a suburb of Tunis)
signed a treaty declaring the Punic Wars over.
Where is the longest ancient aqueduct?
The Roman Aqueduct of Carthage. It ran 141 km (87.6 miles)
from springs of Zagouan to Djebel Djougar. It was built
by the Romans during the reign of Publius Aelius Hadrianus (AD 117-38).
I have heard that its original capacity has been calculated at 31.8 million litres
(7,000,000 gal)per day!
Where does the word gorilla originate?
It is said we get our modern word "gorilla" from a Carthaginian named Hanno who,
according to the elder Pliny, sailed along the west coast of Africa.
Did you know...
- Here's an excerpt from Hanno's journal:
"Following rivers of fire for three days we came to a gulf called the Southern Horn. In this
gulf was an island...This was full of savages; by far the greater number were women with hairy
bodies, called by our interpreters `gorillas.' We gave chase to the men but could not catch any for
they climbed steep rocks and pelted us with stones. However, we captured three women who bit and
scratched their captors. We killed and flayed them and brought their skins back to Carthage. This
was as far as we could sail owing to lack of provisions."
The land of the Lotos-Eaters (IX 90-103) in the Odyssey is thought
to be Djerba. Some also feel that Odysseus' journey, after leaving
the Lotos-Eaters, took him North along the Tunisian coast to the
lagoons and the fertile lowlands of Tunisia.
What is Henna?
- "Nine days I drifted on the teeming sea before dangerous high winds.
Upon the tenth we came to the coastline of the Lotos Eaters, who live
upon that flower. We landed there to take on water. All ships'
companies mustered alongside for the mid-day meal. Then I sent out
two picked me and a runner to learn what race of men that land
sustained. They fell in, soon enough, with Lotos Eaters, who
showed no will to do us harm, only offering the sweet Lotos to our
friends - but those who ate this honeyed plan, the Lotos, never cared
to report, not to return: they longed to stay forever, browsing on
that native bloom, forgetful of their homeland. I drove them, all
three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing
benches, and called the rest: 'All hands aboard; come, clear the
beach and no one taste the Lotos, or you lose your hope of home.'
Filing in to their places by the rowlocks my oarsmen dipped their
long oars in the sure, and we moved out gain on our sea faring."
Information from the
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Dictionary:
Etymology: Arabic hinnA'
1 : a reddish brown dye obtained from leaves of the
henna plant and used especially on hair
2 : an Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis)
of the loosestrife family with small opposite leaves and
axillary panicles of fragrant white flowers
1 : to dye (as hair) with henna
These sites are for those who want "just the facts"... in my opinion it's pretty dry stuff.