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The legendary Queen Dido is regarded as the founder of the city, though her historicity has been questioned.According to accounts by Timaeus of Tauromenium, she purchased from a local tribe the amount of land that could be covered by an oxhide.Eventually the surrounding countryside was brought into the orbit of the Punic urban centres, first commercially, then politically.Direct management over cultivation of neighbouring lands by Punic owners followed.

The city had a huge necropolis or burial ground, religious area, market places, council house, towers, and a theater, and was divided into four equally sized residential areas with the same layout.

The neighborhood, with its houses, shops, and private spaces, is significant for what it reveals about daily life there over 2100 years ago.

The remains have been preserved under embankments, the substructures of the later Roman forum, whose foundation piles dot the district.

The Roman city was again occupied by the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb, in 698.

The site remained uninhabited, the regional power shifting to the Medina of Tunis in the medieval period, until the early 20th century, when it began to develop into a coastal suburb of Tunis, incorporated as Carthage municipality in 1919.

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