This marble fountain with bas relief depicts the Dancing Maenades.The Maenades were the priestesses of Bacchus. They were known as the 'bad girls' from legends that they would drink wine, entice innocent young men to join them in their celebrations, and kill them while they slept off their excesses. They were in fact enthusiastic to the extreme,...more
This 2nd century marble statue shows the gladiator Epomedum. Usually, gladiators were condemned criminals, prisoners of war, or slaves bought for the sole purpose of gladiator fights. There were also mercenaries in those days - professional gladiators who volunteered to participate in the games.more
This second century statue of venus shows the goddess of love and beauty . She isalso known as Aphrodite in Greek Mythology.Venus was born of the Sea and the Sky and is also associated with the rites of Spring and Fertility.The city of Venice was named after this goddess, and also the planet Venus. Spiritual healing and astology charts are also...more
The mosaic of Medusa was found in the Villa of Columns.Medusa was once a beautiful maiden with glorious hair, but Athena turns her into a monster in a rage of jealousy, turning her beautiful locks into hissing serpents. She became such a cruel monster that everyone who looked at her where immideately turned to stone in sheer fear. Athena leant her...more
Underneath the Forum are Africa's largest cisterns, a big complex of 15 cisterns, six metres deep, with six million cubic metres of water arriving through an aquduct from springs some 25 km away from the city.Steps lead down into the cisterns, but I would not recommend entring if you suffer from claustrofobia.more
It is from this colonnaded 2nd century BC private palace that the famous mosaic depicting the head of Medusa (now in the museum) was found. Next door was the dining room where mosaic fragments can still be seen. The centre of the villa contains a sunken swimming pool, surrounded by gardens complete with fountains. The original structure was...more
Built in the 4th century AD for a prominent Roman resident. It is from its living room we get the beautiful mosaics found in the museum. The villa had three bedrooms, cisterns, kitchen, dining room and a room for collection water, its own frigidarium (cold room) in the north-eastern corner. as well as a semicircular courtyard where the florr was...more
The partly restpred Arch of Constantine dates from the year AD311. The arch stood with four columns each, and would have marked the crossroads of the cardo (north-south street) and the decumanus (east-west street). This would have been the most important crossroad in the city and stood at the heart of Ptolemais.more
We ordered our food when we went inot the site, to ensure that it was all ready for us on our return to the restuarant.
You can see the meat being cooked over long thin barbeques outside.
There was a set menu consisting of Libyan soup followed by chicken and coucous and oranges for dessert.
If you don't like cats, you'd hate this place, as the restaurant and surrounding area was crawling with cats. We must have seen at least 50 of them at any one time, and they were obviously used to being fed at the tables.
Favorite Dish: I have never seen so many skinny chickens anywhere in the world. Most meals consisted of chicken - that is a large piece of bone surrounded by a thin layer of meat. It was very tasty though. The coucous was full of vegetables and potatoes and not at all dry.