"Ptolemais" Athar Tulmaythah by grets

Athar Tulmaythah Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 48 photos

Also known as: Tolméta, Tulmaythah, Ţulmalah,Tolmeita, Ad Dirsīyah, Tolmeta,Tolmetta, Ţulmaythah, Madīnat Ţilmītah, Tolemaide, Ptolemais, Tulmalhah, Tulmaylhah, Madinat Tilmitah.

Ancient Ptolemais was built in the 3rd century BC as a port for the city of Barce and named after Ptolemy III and was originally a Hellenistic mercantile city. During the 3rd century AD, following a decline in the importance of Cyrene, it became the capital city of the region. The city was badly damaged during the earthquake of AD365 and although a rebuilding program was started, by the 6th century AD Apollonia had become the capital of Upper Libya. Many people moved out of Ptolemais after the water supply system failed. The Arab invasion in the 7th century proved to be the end for Ptolemais. Only 10% of the city has been excavated to date.

  • Last visit to Athar Tulmaythah: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Another superb ancient Romans' ruin! Excellent photos! Lybia is high on my wish list, both for the desert and for the ancient cities. Thank you for that mouthwatering page!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Just back from Libya, but still haven't been to the east - so much still to see. nice page here Grete - thanks - leyle

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 5:30 AM

    I'd forgotten how much of interest there was in Ptolemais. Thanks for reminding me.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2005 at 8:36 AM

    How wonderful it must have been to have bathed in the pool there. Very interesting to read the history of the famous gods too. Great page Grete! (~_~)

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2005 at 2:16 AM

    Interesting page!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2005 at 2:58 PM

    Very interesting museums but I would have to pass on the cisterns.

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