MOROCCO’S HISTORY- VOLUBILIS: PART 2
Author Edith Wharton did visit Morocco’s interior a few years before Jade wandered in there. One of the places she visited was Volubilis as it was being excavated by archaeologist Louis Chatelain. In Ms. Wharton’s time, the Great War had just ended and the excavations, which the war had postponed, were being renewed. This is why she only praises the arch and some free-standing columns and makes no mention of some of the beautiful floor mosaics.
But in the three years after her 1917 visit, more of the old city was uncovered. If Jade and her mother toured the site (after their adventures with murderous criminals in Marrakech), they may have seen the mosaic found in one of the baths (see photo) with its fish and octopus and other fanciful sea life.
NEXT WEEK: The New Occupants