Gustave Flaubert lived in this house when he wrote his historical novel Salammbô. This 19th century house, in the Carthage Punic Harbor, seems now abandoned. The novel Salammbô is set in Punic Carthage during the 3rd century BC and tells the mercenary revolt which took place shortly after the first punic war between Rome and Carthage. #Carthage #Flaubert #Salammbô #Tunisia #Tunisie #Tunez #Archaeology #history #phoenician #punic (à Carthage Ports Puniques)
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There are stunning similarities between the real-life town of Narni and the fictional world of Narnia: blazing green hills, clear blue skies and picturesque stone structures.
In fact, the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, written by C.S. Lewis in 1950, is rumored to have been inspired by this small Italian town 50 miles north of Rome. According to biographer Walter Hooper, Lewis was fascinated by ancient history, and Narni—named “Narnia” in Roman times—was highlighted by the children’s author in his personal atlas.
Whether Lewis visited Narni has never been confirmed, but even today, its cobblestone streets and castle fortress look like they belong in a magical, medieval novel. And while there are no mythical, talking creatures roaming the land, Narni still feels like a place pulled straight out of our childhood imaginations.