Lepcis Magna: Photos

Lepcis Magna: Phoenician colony, later part of the Carthaginian empire, the kingdom of Massinissa, and the Roman empire. Its most famous son was the emperor Septimius Severus (r.193-211).

Portrait of a lady, perhaps Isis

Lepcis Magna was a Phoenician colony that belonged to the Carthaginian empire, but its nature was always very cosmopolitan. In the mid-second century, it was conquered by the Numidian king Massinissa, and later became part of the Roman empire. The Romans built the port, theater, amphitheater, bathhouses, and several triumphal arches; the greatest builder was the emperor Septimius Severus (193-211), who was a native of Lepcis Magna.


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