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Theatre, Sabratha, Libya Featured Archaeological Site of Sabratha Image

Theatre, Sabratha, Libya

The Roman Theatre of Sabratha in Libya. The magnificent late 3rd century theatre, that retains its three-storey architectural backdrop. This view of the empty theatre is from the top row of seating looking towards the stage and backdrop. In the background is the Mediterranean Sea and a clear blue sky. Sabratha, in the Zawia district in the northwestern of Libya, was the westernmost of the three cities of Tripolis. It lies on the Mediterranean coast about 65km (40 miles) west of Tripoli (ancient Oea). The archaeological site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.Sabratha's port was established, perhaps about 500 BC, as a Phoenician trading-post that served as a coastal outlet for the products of the African hinterland. Sabratha became part of the short-lived Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa before being Romanized and rebuilt in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The Emperor Septimus Severus was born nearby in Leptis Magna, and Sabratha reached its monumental peak during the rule of the Severans. The city was badly damaged by earthquakes during the 4th century, particularly the quake of AD 365. It was rebuilt on a more modest scale by Byzantine governors. Within a hundred years of the Arab conquest of the maghreb, trade had shifted to other ports and Sabratha dwindled to a village

Punic monument in Sabratha Featured Archaeological Site of Sabratha Image

Punic monument in Sabratha

Punic monument in Sabratha. Sabratha, which became one of the major cities of Roman Tripolitania, retained aspects of its earlier Phoenician culture. Country of Origin: Libya. Culture: Phoenician. Date/Period: circa 200 BC. Place of Origin: Sabratha. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Euan Wingfield. Location: 12

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Detail of carving of Judgement of Paris on one of the Featured Archaeological Site of Sabratha Image

Detail of carving of Judgement of Paris on one of the

Detail of carving of Judgement of Paris on one of the decorative panels in the facade of the Roman theatre at Sabratha, one of the most remarkable in the Roman world. This stone carving shows Hermes and Paris on the right. The facade of the theatre consists of three tiers, with 108 fluted Corinthian columns that rise over 20 m above the stage. The stage is 43m long, 9m wide and overlooks the orchestra area. Three large concave niches show the personification of Rome and Sabratha (central panel), the Nine Muses (Left panel), and the Three Graces and Judgement of Paris (right panel). The theatre seated 5000 and today can seat 1500. Rebuilt by Italian archaeologists Giacomo Caputo and Giacomo Guidi in the 1920s, the original theatre was begun in AD190 under the reign of Commodus. It was still used in the 4th century AD but was destroyed by an earthquake in AD365

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