Marble columns in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, in the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums. Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP
Marble columns in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, in the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums. Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP
Tourism

Jewel of ancient Roman Empire has lain neglected for years amid Libyan chaos and war, but there is hope for Leptis Magna after a year of peace

  • Built by Phoenicians and conquered by Rome, Leptis Magna, on the Mediterranean coast, was home to emperor Septimius Severus
  • He lavished wealth upon the city, which had a racecourse and a theatre, but tourism has been non-existent in Libya for decades

Marble columns in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, in the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums. Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP
Marble columns in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, in the coastal Libyan city of Al-Khums. Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP
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