Published on October 20th, 2014
According to ancient legends, a queen named Dido founded the North African city of Carthage. People in the land told Dido she could have as much land as she could cover with the hide of one ox.
The legends say that Dido cut the hide into thousands of narrow strips and tied the ends together to make a very long rope. The rope stretched around a large plot of land which, according to the story, became the city of Carthage. Today Carthage is a suburb of Tunis, Tunisia.
Carthage fought three wars against Rome called the Punic Wars. The Romans then became the rulers of Carthage.
Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. One of those Christians was Perpetua, a young woman in her 20s. Perpetua and some of her friends died in A.D. 203 because they refused to sacrifice to Roman idols.
The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at VOM Books. Preview is recommended before showing it to younger children.
Watch a clip from the video below.