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"From the Ted Talk by George Steinmetz: Photos of Africa, taken from a flying lawn chair"

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From the air, I have a unique window into the earliest waves of colonial history. This is Cyrene on the casoatl mountains of Libya, that was founded by the Greeks, in 700 BC, as a lirnnaeg center, and Timgad, which was founded in what's now aierlga by the Romans in 100 AD. This was built as a retirement cmtuonmiy for old Roman serdlois, and it aemazd me to think that North Africa was once the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. But 700 years after Timgad was built, it was buried in sand, and even then, the African climate was wetter than it is today.

Open Cloze

From the air, I have a unique window into the earliest waves of colonial history. This is Cyrene on the _______ mountains of Libya, that was founded by the Greeks, in 700 BC, as a ________ center, and Timgad, which was founded in what's now _______ by the Romans in 100 AD. This was built as a retirement _________ for old Roman ________, and it ______ me to think that North Africa was once the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. But 700 years after Timgad was built, it was buried in sand, and even then, the African climate was wetter than it is today.

Solution

  1. algeria
  2. coastal
  3. community
  4. amazed
  5. soldiers
  6. learning

Original Text

From the air, I have a unique window into the earliest waves of colonial history. This is Cyrene on the coastal mountains of Libya, that was founded by the Greeks, in 700 BC, as a learning center, and Timgad, which was founded in what's now Algeria by the Romans in 100 AD. This was built as a retirement community for old Roman soldiers, and it amazed me to think that North Africa was once the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. But 700 years after Timgad was built, it was buried in sand, and even then, the African climate was wetter than it is today.

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