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The ruins of Leptis Magna, Libya

Leptis Magna was enlarged and embellished by Septimius Severus, who was born there and later became emperor. It was one of the most beautiful cities of the Roman Empire, with its imposing public monuments, harbour, market-place, storehouses, shops and residential districts

Leptis Magna was a prominent city of the ancient Roman Empire located 60 miles from Tripoli. It was a strong ally of Rome and the birthplace of Roman emperor Septimius Severus. This beautiful site stands today as one of the world’s best preserved archaeological sites and one of the most breathtaking Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.

The Arch of  Septimius Severus

The arch is believed to have been erected in AD 203 in honour of emperor Septimius Severus when he visited his hometown.

The Arch of Septimius Severus at Leptis Magna
The Arch of Septimius Severus is a triumphal arch dedicated to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, in the two campaigns against the Parthians. Source: Wikipedia

Lepcis Magna Theatre

The theatre is the oldest theatre in Roman Africa. It was partly excavated from a low hill, which had been previously used as a cemetery. I is also believed to be one of the largest in the south of the Mediterranean coming after the theatre of Sabratha,

libya-the ancient Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha
The ancient Roman theater at Leptis Magna. Source: History

The Amphitheatre of Lepcis Magna, Libya.

The oval arena measuring 57 x 47  was entirely excavated in a natural depression, or a former quarry, in the rocky terrace to the southeast of the city, close to the sea. The amphitheatre was built in AD 56 and its ruins are located in Khoms, Libya east of Tripoli, the capital city  of Libya.

The Amphitheater of Leptis Magna, a former quarry, converted into an arena. Photo: Jason Hawkes via Google Maps
The Amphitheater of Leptis Magna, a former quarry, converted into an arena. Photo: Jason Hawkes via Google Maps

 

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