This ancient town was founded between the 9th and 8th centuries BC by the Phoenicians and takes its name from Norax, their legendary leader. Nora flourished in the Punic period and again under the Romans. Part of the ancient city, including houses, port works, fountains, temples, the Roman baths and the theatre (perhaps the most fascinating Roman monument on the island, from the 2ndcentury AD) have been brought to light by excavation campaigns, while others have been submerged by the sea.