Henchir-Boucha

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Henchir-Boucha is a former Catholic diocese and archaeological site in Tunisia.[1][2][3]

Henchir-Boucha is at 36°31′41″N 9°53′10″E / 36.52806°N 9.88611°E / 36.52806; 9.88611[4] between Majaz al Bab and Bir al Mashariqah, central Tunisia. The site is 189 meters above sea level.[5] and is on the Oued Zitoun lake and Oued es Sid River.[6]

History[edit]

During the Roman Empire and late antiquity Henchir-Boucha was the site of an ancient Roman town[7] called Tubyza and was in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis (now northern Tunisia). The remains of a large Roman Circus is at the site.[8][9][10]

Tubyza may have been a suburb of the nearby city Municipium Aurelium Commodianum.

Bishopric[edit]

Tubyza was the seat of an ancient Catholic bishopric.[1][11] It is now a titular bishopric.[12]

In antiquity, two bishops from Henchir-Boucha are known. Felix of Tubyza, was beheaded in Rome under Diocletian (15 January 304) for not handing over scriptures (traditor),[13][14] and Honorius, who attended the Council of Carthage (411).[13] The current bishop is Lucio Alfert of Paraguay.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Titular Episcopal See of Tubyza
  2. ^ Tubyzanus at catholic-hierarchy.org.
  3. ^ http://fr.getamap.net/cartes/tunisia/(ts26)/_boucha_henchir/
  4. ^ http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=300770&fid=6141&c=tunisia
  5. ^ Henchir Boucha: Tunisia National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Maryland, USA .
  6. ^ http://mapcarta.com/17514968
  7. ^ Victor Guérin, Archaeological Journey in the Regency of Tunis (Рипол Классик).
  8. ^ John H. Humphrey: Roman Circuses: Arenas for Chariot Racing. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles 1986,
  9. ^ [Commodum] site no. 028.113, Henchir Fraxine/Henchir Bou Cha (anc. Municipium Aurelium Commodum) (doc page: 98; PDF page: 99)(gives UTM coordinates: 358,900N; 498,350E = approx: 36 deg 32' N, 9 deg 53' E) from Institut National du Patrimoine Tunisie | Archaeological Map | Carte National des Sites Arqueologiques e des Monuments Historiques | Bir Mcherga 028 | Cahier BIR MCHERGA 028. (in French)
  10. ^ Pflaum H. G., "Romanisation de l'ancien territoire de la Carthage punique" - in Antiquités africaines, 4, 1970. pp. 75-118..
  11. ^ Tubyza in catholic-hierarchy.org (English).
  12. ^ Apostolic Succession - Titular Sonship.
  13. ^ a b Tracts for the Times, Volumes 1-2 (1840) p81.
  14. ^ John Richardson, The Canon of the New Testament Vindicated (1700) p38.