from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient Roman city in northeast Algeria. Founded by Trajan in A.D. 100, it is sometimes called "the Pompeii of North Africa” because of its extensive, well-preserved ruins.

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  • n. an ancient town founded by the Romans; noted for extensive and well-preserved ruins


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  • The Ambassador says in reply to King Magnus -- "Oh, I suppose you mean, by Germany, the chain of more or less Soviet Republics between the Ural Mountains and the North Sea; and France, by which I take it you mean the Government at New Timgad, is too busy in Africa to fuss about what is happening at the end of your little Channel Tube; so long as Paris is full of Americans, and Americans are full of money, all's well in the west from the French point o f view."

    The Apple Cart and the British Empire

  • "To-morrow you will see Timgad, which is the most wonderful town in the world."

    Hilaire Belloc The Man and His Work

  • Volubilis seems to have had the extent and wealth of a great military outpost, such as Timgad in Algeria; but in the seventeenth century it was very nearly destroyed by Moulay-Ismaël, the Sultan of the Black

    In Morocco

  • Timgad is a bit of an extreme example, but only because the Roman city is so clearly visible.


  • Listen to Belloc again in words written from the solitude of the Sahara as he pondered the ruins of Timgad:

    Hilaire Belloc: Defender of the Faith

  • A bronze plaque was affixed to a public building in Timgad, in Numidia (now Algeria), a city built as a bastion against the Berbers, which literally provided a recommended price list for payments to ensure the prosecution and success of various kinds of litigation.

    The Sack of Washington

  • We went to Africa merely to see Timgad, since my principal interest in life is archeology.

    Tender is the Night

  • Always interested in the relics of the mighty past Lord Northsquith made a special trip to the East Algerian Highlands to visit Timgad, and spent several minutes in the _tepidarium_ of the Roman baths.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-04-14

  • Such a people lived in Timgad and left it probably about the time that waning Rome began to call home her outposts.

    Unhappy Far-Off Things

  • When all the clatter had died away Timgad stood there in silence.

    Unhappy Far-Off Things


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