The Atlas Range of North Africa spills across the border of Algeria and into Tunisia. It tumbles downward, angling northeast toward Cap Bon. On the northern side of this range one discovers a beautiful and fertile countryside. The Medjerda Basin (where flows the ancient Bagrada River*) is particularly lovely. Water from this steam made life possible and enabled the flourishing of settlements such as Bulla Regia, Utica, and Carthage.
Such scenes challenge stereotypical views of North Africa as one big sandbox and underline the Roman view that this area was a "breadbasket."**
*See notes 8 and 9 from the text of Pliny the Elder's Natural History here.
**Consider the post by Steve Theodore linked here.