GeoEye-1 Satellite Image (0.5 m) – Leptis Magna Roman Ruins, Libya
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Leptis Magna a UNESCO World Heritage site was a prominent city of the republic of Carthage, and later, of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located 62 miles southeast of Carthage, near Tripoli in the modern country of Libya.
It was a beautiful city which mixed Roman and Arab architecture. The city was first settled by the Phoenicians, a sea-faring people from Lebanon, in 1100 B.C. Carthage had ownership of the city until 146 B.C. After the Punic Wars, the Romans acquired and settled the area, adding it to their republic around 23 B.C. When the emperor Tiberius came to power, the city was officially brought into the Roman Empire and became a major trading center.
Leptis Magna Roman Ruins, Theatre – Lybia
Leptis Magna contains some of the most well-preserved Roman buildings known to archaeologists. The theatre, for example, is nearly intact, and is situated so that the audience faces the sea. Another building, called a macellum, or indoor market, is also mostly intact, as is the octagonal platform that surrounds it. But the most unique feature by far is the Hunting Baths, a complex of concrete domes that housed the Roman-style baths. To many visitors, they are similar to many Arab-style buildings.
This Roman city holds a special importance in history, both for its prominence and for its remarkable ruins. It gives archaeologists and tourists alike a special look into Roman-held Africa.