We visited the Museum of Roman Civilization last week with our visitor, Sister Mary Rita. We have been there three or four times. The museum contains mostly plaster casts of historically important sculptures and plaster models of historic monuments from the Roman kingdom, republic, and empire (8th century BC to 6th century AD). The museum tells the story of Roman civilization vividly with the chronological sequence of displays.
One of the items displayed was Trajan’s Arch in Timgad. The Roman ruins of Timgad are located in the mountains of northeastern Algeria. Timgad was built from scratch as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The ruins are well preserved since they were covered by a meter of sand from the encroaching Sahara Desert. As a result, there was no activity in the city after the 7th century sacking up until the excavation in 1881. The ruins are noteworthy for representing one of the best surviving examples of the grid plan as used in Roman city planning. Below is a picture of us in front of the plaster model of Trajan’s Arch in Timgad.
We visited Timgad in the middle of December 1975. Below are two photos from that visit.