Kingsley, whose book God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem was released October 5th by John Murray, says that the loot was first taken to Carthage in Tunisia, then to Hippo Regius
in Algeria, and on to Constantinople - today known as Istanbul, Turkey, before finally being returned to the Holy Land in the mid 6th century.
After the Punic wars, when Carthage was destroyed by Rome, Annaba became a Roman city named Hippo Regius
and an early centre of Christianity in North Africa.
In chapter 1 we encounter "some of the things he [Augustine] chose not to mention" (7), namely, Hippo Regius
(where Augustine came to live in 391 as a priest) and the wider Mediterranean world.
He later became bishop of Hippo Regius
, modern-day Annaba, Algeria, just 30 miles west of Tunis.
The Romans also built beautiful cities along the coast of Algeria such as Hippo Regius
(bone), where Saint Augustine was bishop from a.