"Leptis Magna - the showcase of lavish Roman living" Leptis Magna by grets

Leptis Magna Travel Guide: 76 reviews and 223 photos

Leptis Magna is one of the most complete and best preserved Roman towns anywhere in the world, having been mostly constructed of the more sturdy limestone it was more resistant to earthquakes than its neighbouring towns. The city began its life as a Phoenician port for the trade route, administered from Carthage in current day Tunisia. Leptis was annexed to Rome in 111 BC and thrived as a Roman colony under the leadership of the emperor Trajan from 98 – 117 AD. The city positively flourished during the time of Septimus Severus (193 – 211 AD, and became a showcase for city planning and a testament to extravagance with its grand buildings and lavish decorations. This would have been a tremendous place to live in those days.

At the height of its popularity, Leptis Magna was home to some 80,000 people, and boasted six triumphal arches and three forums. Only 30% of the city has to date been excavated.

It is compulsory to have a guide when you visit Leptis Magna. Asdmission price is 3LD whereas a guide will set you back 50LD. As with all the Libyan antiquity sites, a photo permit is necessary with costs 5LD for a still camera and 10LD for a video.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful archaeology, fascinating history, no other tourists
  • Cons:You need a good guide
  • In a nutshell:The best place in the world to visualise living conditions of the Roman nobility
  • Last visit to Leptis Magna: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2005
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  • libyaau's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Thankfully, things have changed since 2005. I visited Villa Silene in 2006 and 2008. I didn't take photos in 2006 but I did in 2008.

  • Sep 26, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    congratulations for your informations and for your excellent showing

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Wonderful page!!!Fantastic photos!! I must decide in these days if to go in Lybia or to Egypt!!! The choice is hard!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 3:06 AM

    Fabulous tips, some of VTs finest.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 12:27 PM

    Fascinating page Grete. As usual!

  • Hayedorojo's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 3:43 PM

    That´s not right, there were yet roman theaters in stone that were made before Leptis Magna´s theater, for example in Rome or in the south of France. Anyway congratulations for your page.

  • VideoDave's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 5:07 AM

    Those copious notes were well worth it - excellent page on an impressive site. Well done!

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2005 at 4:12 PM

    Still enjoying your pages, Grete. This one was especially good. You must take great notes. I love the blue Mediterrean on your homepage. Marcia

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 3:40 AM

    WOW GREAT PAGE. I SEE YOU LIKE ARCHAEOLOGY AS I DO. THEATRE PIC IS GRAET. BORA

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 3:34 AM

    Fantastic stuff here -6 star tips. leyle

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