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Ptolemais


Ptolemais: port in the Cyrenaica.

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Ptolemais was a city in the Cyrenaica. For a very long time, it was not a rival to Cyrene or Apollonia, but it still was an important port. In the fifth centyry, however, when Libyan nomads took over the interior and Cyrene and Bactra were lost, Ptolemais became the capital of the region.

This is the tomb of the gladiator Hermes, who had won eight victories and appears to have fallen in his ninth duel.

 


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Villa of the Four Season Mosaic
Ptolemais: the palace of the governor. Photo Marco Prins. The palace of the governor.
Byzantine Church of Ptolemais. Photo Jona Lendering. Byzantine Church of Ptolemais. It may be the church that was used by Synesius of Cyrene, whose letters survive, although it seems to be a bit too young.
Map of the Byzantine church of Ptolemais. Design Jona Lendering. Map of the Byzantine church of Ptolemais
Mosaic showing an angel. Museum of Ptolemais. Photo Marco Prins. Mosaic showing an angel. Museum of Ptolemais.
The unique monument for which Ptolemais is famous, is the large cistern underneath the agora (market place).

A satellite photo can be found here.

Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2006
Revision: 7 June 2009
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