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Thuburbo Minus

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Thuburbo Minus

Location in Tunisia

Coordinates: 36°50′N 9°50′E / 36.833°N 9.833°E / 36.833; 9.833

Country Governorate La Manouba Governorate
Population (2004)
 • Total 26,685
Time zone CET (UTC1)

Tebourba is a town in Tunisia, located about 20 miles (30 km) from the capital Tunis.

Thuburbo Minus

Historically Thuburbo Minus was a settlement in Africa Proconsularis, located at present-day Tebourba. Thuburbo Minus is mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary, 44, and the Tabula Peutinger. Situated on a hill, the city occupied only a part of the ancient site, when it was rebuilt in the fifteenth century by the Andalusian Moors. The Roman amphitheatre was still standing at the end of the seventeenth century, when it was destroyed to build a bridge. The nearby Thuburbo Maius is in ruins.

As a diocese it was a suffragan of Carthage, and it is now a Catholic titular see. It was at Thuburbo Minus that the Christian martyrs Perpetua and Felicity with their companions were arrested. The two known bishops of this city are: Victor, present at the Conference of Carthage (411), where he had as his competitor the Donatist Maximinus; and Germanus, who signed (646) the letter of the bishops of the proconsultate to the Patriarch Paul II of Constantinople against the Monothelites.[1]

World War II

Tebourba was the location of a battle in the Tunisia Campaign of the Second World War, lasting from November 29 until December 4, 1942. The battle involved the troops of the British Army against the German army.

The Royal Hampshire Regiment held the town for several days until it fell to the Germans on December 4.

The battle is commemorated in the name of a road in Southampton, England called "Tebourba Way." There is a small war memorial on the roadside at the junction with Oakley Road. Tebourba Drive in Alverstoke, Gosport is also named after the battle.



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Coordinates: 36°50′N 9°50′E / 36.833°N 9.833°E / 36.833; 9.833

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