Canal March

Leptis Magna, the Libyan city under Emperor Septimius Severus

Antonio Alvar

Today, the ruins of this city can be seen in all their splendour, yet they were buried in the desert sands for a long time. It has a long history, as it was probably founded by the Phoenicians and subsequently came under Punic and Byzantine control until it became part of the Roman Republic, reaching its greatest prominence under the Emperor Septimius Severus. Leptis Magna was rediscovered by one of Louis XIV’s consuls and today some of its columns grace the Palace of Versailles. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

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