Website Category: Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Criteria: (i) creative masterpiece (ii) interchange of values (iii) cultural tradition
Location and Values: The Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna is located on the Mediterranean shore about 130 km east of Tripoli. It was one of the most beautiful cities of the Roman Empire, thanks to its visionary re-development under the Severan emperors in the early 3rd century AD. In terms of scale, planning and the use of exotic building materials imported from around the eastern Mediterranean it is extraordinary.
Slideshow of the Archaeological Site Of Leptis Magna: The slideshow features a selection of photos provided by Bridget Goldsmith and David Trump, starting with the Arch of Septimius Severus, completed in 203 AD. Next in the sequence is the Hadrianic Baths (and highly sociable latrines) followed by a couple of pictures of fallen columns of imported marble. The large masonry-strewn area enclosed by high walls is the Imperial Forum, and next to it the New Basilica (with its semi-circular form and two imposing columns with their elaborate Corinthian capitals) which served as a court of justice in Roman times. From nearby there are views of the shore and port area, and other splendid monuments and inscriptions, including the huge, well-preserved theatre.
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Other Links: Official UNESCO Site Details