Carthage

When I realized that I would be flying out of the Carthage International Airport, I knew that the Aeneas in me would have to pay a visit to Dido’s palace. The museum at the site of the ancient city was great, with a fun collection of coins and mosaics. Seeing the seventh-century BC Punic ruins layered with Roman and Vandal structures, all set on Byrsa Hill against the backdrop of modern Tunis, was impressive. Earlier in my trip, I had been thinking a lot about the impacts of modern globalization; being in Carthage, a crossroads of trade routes for centuries, reminded me that global exchange has been developing for a long time.

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