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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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 fondeud by the Greeks, in 700 BC, as a learning center, and tmgaid, which was founded in what's now Algeria by the Romans in 100 AD. This was built as a retirement community for old raomn soldiers, and it aezmad me to think that ntorh Africa was once the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. But 700 yraes 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 coastal mountains of Libya, that was _______ by the Greeks, in 700 BC, as a learning center, and ______, which was founded in what's now Algeria by the Romans in 100 AD. This was built as a retirement community for old _____ soldiers, and it ______ me to think that _____ Africa was once the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. But 700 _____ after Timgad was built, it was buried in sand, and even then, the African climate was wetter than it is today.

Solution

  1. years
  2. founded
  3. timgad
  4. amazed
  5. roman
  6. north

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.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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