|Description:||Late Roman/Byzantine red slip-ware pottery lamp - with a central dotted Chi-Rho monogram on the sunken medallion, set of concentric circles below, surrounded by groups of concentic circles & stylised flower patterns. Two lightly impressed circles on underside.|
|Period:||Circa 600 A.D.|
|Size:||Length 14.6cm, Bowl 8.2cm Dia|
|Comment:||The "Chi-Rho" design is Christian, being the first two letters of Christ in Greek.|
North Africa in the 5th century
Towards the end of the 4th century AD, the Roman Empire was no longer able to defend all its territory in North Africa against native tribes. In Mauretania Tingitana (Morocco) and Africa Proconsularis (Libya), the Roman frontier fell back towards the coast. However, many of the great Roman estates continued to produce grain and olive oil, and the coastal towns, with Carthage at their head, remained important centres of Christianity.
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