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    Museum - Aerial View

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Forum

    Favorite thing: Having previously seen a drawing of how Leptis Magna would have looked at the time of Septimus Severus, this photograph shows an aerial view of the Forum today. Only from the air can you fully appreciate the extent of the site.

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    Museum - Funerary Art

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Funerary pots

    Favorite thing: Funerary art of the Archaic period displays local imitations of late-Corinthian pottery styles. Other items of funerary art found in the tombs at Leptis Magna are black painted pottery and Punic shell-shaped oil lamps.

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    Museum - Pottery

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Pots

    Favorite thing: The various kinds of pottery found in the tombs of the necropolis, indicate that the srt in Leptis Magna was influenced by that in Carthage. These locally produced pots also had Greek influences, and date from the 6th century BC.

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    Museum - Petrified wood

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Wood

    Favorite thing: Remnants of giant trees from ancient forests of the Triassic Period over 200 million years old, these logs turned from wood to rock after the trees were buried under layers of sand and silt. They were found in the deserts of Libya.

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    Museum - Map of Leptis Magna

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Map

    Favorite thing: The map straight inside the museum entrance, shows Leptis Magna how it would have been in its heyday. In the middle you can see the theatre, near the front the bath house and over on the far right, the port. If you visit the museum after you have walked around the site, you will recognise many of the landmarks.

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    Septimus Severus

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Septimus Severus

    Favorite thing: Severus was born 11 April 145 in Leptis Magna into a distinguished local family. His father did not hold any major offices, but his grandfather was a wealthy equestrian.

    Septimus Seevrus was aided in his early career by one of his cousins, who arranged entry into the senate, which meant a life of travel from one government posting to another, eventually retruning to Rome. Around the year 175 he married Paccia Marciana, also of African origin. The childless marriage lasted a decade or so until her death.

    While in Gallia Lugdunensis in 187, the now-widowed Septimus married Julia Domna, a woman from a prominent family from Syria. Two sons quickly followed.

    On 9 April 193, Severus was proclaimed emperor, following the assassination of Pertinax on 28 March 193 in an uprising by the praetorian guard.

    Severus brought many changes to the Roman military. Soldiers' pay was increased by half, they were allowed to be married while in service, and greater opportunities were provided for promotion into officer ranks and the civil service.

    Severus died in York on 4 February 211 at the age of 65 after a reign of 18 years.

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    Museum - Dice

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Dice

    Favorite thing: These dice from the Hadriatic period showed that the game dates back a long way and that the Romans were avid gamblers.

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    Museum - Drawing of baths

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This large wall drawing shows how an ordinary day would have been like in the Royal Baths at the time of Hadrian.

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    Museum - Asklepius

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Marble statue of Asklepius, god of healing and patron of medicine, which was found in the frigedarium of the Royal Baths. It is attributed to the Severus period.

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    Museum - Frieze

    by grets Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Frieze from arch

    Favorite thing: Marble relief showing sacrificial scene in front of temple. From the Arch of Septimus Severus. The arch was unusual in that it was decorated with carvings.

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