Messaâd

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Messad
Commune and town
Messad is located in Algeria
Messad
Messad
Coordinates: 34°10′0″N 3°30′0″E / 34.16667°N 3.50000°E / 34.16667; 3.50000Coordinates: 34°10′0″N 3°30′0″E / 34.16667°N 3.50000°E / 34.16667; 3.50000
Country  Algeria
Province Djelfa Province
Population [1]
 • Total 114,625
Time zone West Africa Time (UTC+1)

Messad (sometimes Messaad) is a town in Algeria. It was the Roman Castellum Dimmidi.

History[edit]

It is about 180 miles south of Algiers. During the Roman period it was known as Castellum Dimmidi after the Romans under emperor Septimius Severus seized the settlement.[2] It is unclear if the second part of the name, Dimmidi, was a native name transliterated into Latin, or a new name given by the Romans.

As the Castellum (castle) implies, the settlement was a fortress along the Limes Tripolitanus, the southern border of the province of Numidia. It was a prosperous village and hosted a Roman garrison from roughly 198 to 240 AD.[3]

Messaad has a population of nearly 120,000 inhabitants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Cities with 110,000 to 125,000 people in 2005", Mongaboy.com. URL last accessed on 8 May 2006.
  2. ^ Francois Decret, Early Christianity in North Africa (James Clarke & Co, 2011) p6
  3. ^ (French) Dr. Rebound, "Notes Archéologiques sur les Ruines de Djelfa", php4arab.com. URL last accessed on 8 May 2006. Archived 27 September 2005 at the Wayback Machine.

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