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Schliemanns Erben
Karthagos geheime Kolonien

ZDF

Karthagos geheime Kolonien

On the Island of Pantelleria, and in the former Punic colonies on Sicily, “Schliemann’s Heirs” follow the tracks of the antique world power of the Phoenicians (Carthaginians).

Carthage, one of the cities they founded, was once Rome’s greatest rival until entirely destroyed by Roman soldiers in 146 BC. Nothing was to be left intact that could serve as a reminder of the hated enemy – neither palace nor temple, and not a single house, street or wall.

Nevertheless: further to the northeast towards Sicily, just 70 kilometres off the African coast, on the island of Pantelleria, archaeologists have found a multitude of Punic remnants. The Acropolis, the houses and the city walls had been buried beneath Pantelleria’s ground since they were abandoned over 2,000 years ago.

Lost documents still lie buried where Carthage’s colonies used to be – as if safely stored in a time capsule. Scientists are working hard to carefully uncover the hidden documents. And it is also here that Schliemann’s heritage actually becomes reality: during the shooting for this production, a spectacular find is made – a bust of Julius Cesar, a rare portrait of the great captain. A sensation – and yet another reason to dream of future discoveries.

Gisela Graichen und Peter Prestel Steffen Böttrich, Maximilian Schecker, Resa Asarschahab Susanne Strobel Jean-Christoph Caron Eva-Maria Imlau Moritz Widmann Jörg Kunkel Dr. Gudrun Ziegler, ZDF Ulrich Lenze, Cinecentrum ZDF, January 25, 2006
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