Thucca Terenbenthina

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Only Church Building found in Thucca Terenbenthina.

Thucca Terenbenthina, also known as Thugga, was an ancient Roman-Berber town in the province of African Proconsularis. In late antiquity, it was made a municipium of the province of Byzacena. Thucca Terenbenthina is identified with ruins located in the modern town of Dougga, Tunisia.

Roman Empire period of Imperial Rome following the Roman Republic (27 BC–395 AD)

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Berbers ethnic group indigenous to North Africa

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The town of Thucca Terenbenthina was also seat of the small but [1] [2] ancient bishopric of Diocese of Thucca Terenbenthina which remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church to this day.

<i>Cathedra</i> seat of a bishop

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The Diocese of Thucca Terenbenthina is an ancient Titular See of the Roman Catholic Church. The diocese is also known as Tucca Terebentina or دڨة, .

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  1. Collectif, L’Afrique romaine.(Atlande, Neuilly-sur-Seine, 2006) p69-439, p.310.
  2. Mustapha Khanoussi, « L’évolution urbaine de Thugga (Dougga) en Afrique proconsulaire : de l’agglomération numide à la ville africo-romaine »,(CRAI (Comptes-rendus des séances de l’Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres), 2003), pp. 131–155