The Sirocco is a powerful, dusty wind originating from the Sahara that reaches hurricane speeds across North Africa and Southern Europe. It is also known as the qibli, by which name it is described in the film The English Patient.
The Copts were descendents of the ancient Egyptians and early adopters of Christianity. Today the term refers to all members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, including Ethiopians and Eritreans. There are over ten million Copts in Egypt, and another million in the USA.
Tiberius (42Bc-37AD) followed Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome. He was Octavian Augustus's step-son and became a brilliant general, with a series of great campaigns along the Northern Frontier. But his rule, from 14AD, was less successful. For the last 11 years of his life, he turned his back on Rome and withdrew to the island of Capri. He was succeeded by his adopted grandson, the infamous Caligula.