Introduction of Volubilis
Ancient city of North Africa, 19 mi N of Meknes. A flourishing center of late Hellenistic culture in the first century b.c. and the first century a.d., it became a Roman municipium c. a.d. 45 and was the chief inland city of the Roman province of Mauretania Tingitana. After 788 it was the capital of the Arab Idrisid dynasty. There are extensive Roman ruins here, especially of the town walls.