City of Carthago Nova, at Cartagena, Murcia.
As it can be read about this city at the page on Carthaginensian age, it was founded by Asdrubal at 229 b.C. with the name of Qart-Hadasch. Under his domination, the city evolutioned until 209 b.C. Then, Publius Cornelius Scipio made it a part of the Roman Hispania being called Carthago Nova.
Economic sources from the city were exploited by Romans: its strategic situation and mines made it a very important colony that improved itself. Basic infrastructures were constructed. They culminated in port remodelation, necessary for commerce.
At Augustus Emperor age, a theater, an anphitheater and the comitium were built. It supposed a deep change of urban structure of the city. It also improved in under a political point of view, since it was officially the Colonia Urbs Iulia Nova Carthago a name that only Tarraco could deserve. Augustus Emperor was a forerunner for the city: his ideas and structures for the city were useful until 2nd. century.
City was built according to Roman laws: perpendicular streets that indicate the spaces where houses or public buldings should be elevated.
Selective areas were established according to the economic level of their owners and the activity that would be developped at the place: at the center, coordinating social life, there was the comitium presided by a temple and surrounded by several buldings devoted to Augustus -Augusteum-.
Big towns needed big necropolis for their deads. Blind Tower, is a funerary bulding devoted to Titus Didius or rather a part of this building.
At the beginning of 3rd century fall of the city is clear: life was developped around the port and the city, changing their prior structure. This change became clearer when it was named as the capital for the new Carthaginensis province. It was made by Dioclecianus -4th century-. Theater became a store for trading. It was divided in two sections and its constructive elements -capitals, columns...- were used as basements. This technique was often used for every new construction: termae, shops...