Sunday, November 15, 2009

Exploring Roman Africa II

--> Ptolemais, Libya
Watercolour and computer painting
©2007 Charlene Brown
Originally one of the five cities of the 7th Century BCE Libyan Pentapolis, Ptolemais was conquered by Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BCE (and passed to his General, Ptolemy - hence the name), and conquered by Rome in the 1st Century CE. 
Ptolemais was the site, in 301 CE, of an early attempt at wage and price controls – Diocletian’s Edictum De Pretiis – overlaid, in this computer painting, on the background of a watercolour of the site.