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Rusicade: théâtre romain, Philippeville
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  • Arrangement
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation.
  • Processing History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Digitized Material

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections
    Title: Rusicade: théâtre romain, Philippeville
    Creator: Bertrand, Louis, 1866-1941
    Creator: Ranoux, Henri
    Identifier/Call Number: 90.R.1
    Physical Description: 1 album(s) (30 photographic prints)
    Date: 1895
    Abstract: Album of cyanotypes and text recording archaeological investigations at the ancient site of Rusicada, the present day port city of Skikda, Algeria.
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    Language of Material: Collection material is in French.


    Arranged in a single series: Series I. Rusicade: théâtre romain, Philippeville, 1895.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Henri Ranoux was an architect and archaeologist. The author of the text, Louis Bertrand, was the head of the Philippeville Museum at the site of Rusicada (now known as Skikda) in Algeria, and professor at the Lycée in Bugeaud, Algeria from 1891-1900. He wrote numerous travel books, histories, and novels.


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1990.

    Preferred Citation.

    Rusicade : théâtre romain, Philippeville, 1895, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 90.R.1

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The album of 30 cyanotypes records archaeological investigations at the ancient site of Rusicada (Skikda), once an important port in the Roman period. The site was entirely built over during the French occupation of Algeria and its monuments are only known in several nineteenth century drawings. Objects from the site were first displayed in an open-air museum and later in the Philippeville Museum. The museum was destroyed between 1954 and 1962 and the objects housed there were removed for safekeeping. The album depicts many of the objects not illustrated in the 1896 museum catalog, showing them as they were displayed in the earlier open-air museum.
    Included are views of the architectural remains, with a plan of the Roman theater, and the archaeological finds, consisting mainly of sculpture, ceramics, and a mosaic, all of which were displayed in the open-air museum near the theater. Several objects representing the cult of Mithras are represented.
    The album is bound in red cloth with "Album" stamped in gilt on front cover. Text consists of captions for the photographs, with detailed measurements given for the objects depicted. Titles of the individual images are from the captions. Measurements and other notes are not transcribed.

    Digitized Material

    The collection was digitized by the repository and the images are available online:

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rome — Antiquities
    Cyanotypes -- Algeria -- 19th century
    Skikdah (Algeria) -- Antiquities, Roman
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Algeria -- Skikda
    Theaters -- Algeria -- Skikda
    Architecture, Roman -- Algeria -- Skikda
    Art, Roman -- Algeria -- Skikda