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The Garamantes (The Forgotten Civilisations of Africa Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Idjennaden
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Book Description

The Garamantes are the sole people that managed to create a civilisation in the middle of the Sahara desert (with even their own style of pyramids akin to those of Egypt!)

They only had temporary rivers (wadis) but they managed to develop an ingenious underground water system that allowed them to tap water directly from the table water that lies tens of meters (sometimes hundreds of meters) under the surface.

They were also great warriors that roamed the desert in their chariots tracked by horses and they collected a toll from all the numerous caravans that needed to cross their vast empire (that stretches as far as Sudan).

They were so powerful that Rome had to intervene if they wanted to remain the dominant civilisation in North Africa...which was not easy!

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  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q239OE
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reading! April 14, 2012
By Thom
Format:Kindle Edition
Very interesting stuff! A lot of things existed in the Sahara desert obviously (I heard of the Tassili's Frescos in neighbouring Algeria). I knew about Cyrene and Rome having settled in the North of today Libya but did not know about the "Garamantes" who lived in the desert itself(!?). Now I have the big picture about Ancient Libya! thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book! March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It was awesome. Very interesting civilisation to discover.
The social position of women among the Garamantes is maybe what remains of an older matriarchy system that once existed all around the world.

According to Herodotus the Amazones lived around the lake Tritonis in Africa and went to conquer the whole North of Africa (included Egypt). Maybe the Garamantes were the last to keep this high repect towards women from these mythical times.
who knows...

great book for sure!
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Bob Idjennaden is a Belgian living on this beautiful island that is Ireland for many years now. He is curious about many things but it is in the field of ancient history that his passion is the strongest and is now pushing him to write.

Although this young man is part North African and a history buff, it took the reading of a book on the archaeology of the Tassili N'Ajjer (plateau of Southern Algeria) to trigger an interest on the ancient history of Africa. Written by M. Hachid, it suggested that many great civilizations have existed on this continent and that The Sahara was not always the desert that we all know.

Bob is passionate about anything written about the ancient civilisations of Africa, including the Kingdom of Numidia, the Garamantes, the Maures, the Gaetulians... and this led him to meeting many experts on these civilizations.

After one such meeting, he decided to organize a lecture on the African civilization of Numidia, which was held in Brussels, Belgium in 2011. It was the first time this topic had been addressed in that country and was met with such success and enthusiasm that Bob decided to start writing on the subject to reach a wider audience.

Other books on civilizations which have now disappeared will follow soon!


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