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Jun 12, 2008 - Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna was a stunning Roman city from about 150AD and declined with the big earthquake in 365AD. The Italians have done some work here including re-assembling the Severous Arch you can see in the first photos. I have included photos of the communal latrine where 50 people could all enjoy a social occasion while on the toilet. In winter the wealthy would send their slaves down to warm the seat. Ornate baths, an Amphitheatre, a Colliseum and a Hydrodome were all part of the plan with the city being home for over 100,000 people. There...

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Mar 25, 2006 - Leptis Magna

Off to Lebda for our first day into the country, to visit the Punic (Phonenian) and Roman city of Leptus Magna, 130km east of Tripoli. Arrived after a two hour drive along the fairly agricultural strip of land that borders the Mediterranean for much of Libya's northern coast, passing olive groves, oranges, some cereals and market gardens. It's pretty dry by UK standards but fertile by Libyan ones. The only downside was the rubbish strewn along the road and in the nearby fields - plastic bags too numerous to count, all the way up to rusting,...

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