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Coordinates: 34°10′0″N 3°30′0″E / 34.16667°N 3.50000°E / 34.16667; 3.50000Coordinates: 34°10′0″N 3°30′0″E / 34.16667°N 3.50000°E / 34.16667; 3.50000

Country  Algeria
Province Djelfa Province
Population [1]
 • Total 114,625
Time zone West Africa Time (UTC+1)

Messad (sometimes Messaad) is a town in Algeria. It is about 180 miles south of Algiers. During the Roman period it was known as Castellum Dimmidi after the Romans under emperor Septimius Severus seized the settlement. It is unclear if the second part of the name, Dimmidi, was a native name transliterated into Latin, or a new name given by the Romans.

As the Castellum (castle) implies, the settlement was a fortress along the Limes Tripolitanus, the southern border of the province of Numidia. It was a prosperous village and hosted a Roman garrison from roughly 198 to 240 AD.[2]


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