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Leptis Magna Archaeological Site

Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna Archaeological Site is an ancient Roman port town situated near modern city of Khoms in the Murqub District and 130 km (81 mi) East of Tripoli in Libya.

 

 

Location: Khoms, Murqub District

 

Best known: hometown of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus

 

Best time to visit: Oct- June

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History of Leptis Magna Archaeological Site

Leptis Magna Archaeological Site was originally found by colonists from Phoenicia in the Eastern Mediterranean who moved here in 1100 BC. Later it became part of the Carthage Empire, but after its defeat in a Third Punic War and final destruction in the 2nd century, Leptis Magna became part of the Roman Republic. The city grew in size and importance under the new rule. However with the invasions of the barbaric tribes and dawn of the Dark Ages Leptis Magna began to decline. Berber tribes repeatedly attacked the city in the 6th century. By the middle of the 7th century the city was largely abandoned except for Byzantine garrison that took refuge behind its mighty walls. The isolation of this archaeological site help to preserve many of the structures unlike other parts of the Roman Empire where ancient structures were simply taken apart for its stone. Leptis Magna is one of the best preserved ghost towns of the Roman Empire that will give you an idea what it was like to be a Roman citizen during peak of the Empire. The best time to visit the site between cooler months of October to June when desert turns into a grassland with many flowers blooming among the ancient ruins.

 

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Ancient Roman Theatre in Leptis Magna

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