This small museum was built on
the ancient site of Sullectum, a port city south
of Mahdia that was very prosperous during Antiquity
and had trade relations with other Mediterranean
ports, notably Italian ports. This is illustrated
in the antiquarium’s showcases.
The visit begins with a mosaic panel figuring
a poem (translated on a signpost) celebrating
the virtues of swimming and the pleasures of life.
At the far end of the room following the hall,
another mosaic panel figures a clumsily executed
lion of an impressive size: 3 meters high !
Most of the objects displayed in the showcases
of the four rooms making up this museum come from
the adjoining necropolis which, in fact, yielded
the specimens of terra cotta graves; others come
from the ancient port installations or from the
Christian catacombs built underground in the surrounding