Athar Tulmaythah Travel Guide

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Athar Tulmaythah Things to Do

  • Museum - Columns

    These Corinthian columnds were found in the private palace on the arcaeological site. At the top you should be able to make out the head of Zeus.

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  • Museum - mosaics

    Another delicate piece of mosaic found in the museum, this byzantine work of art dates from the 4th century and is known as The Four Corners.

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  • Museum - Statue of Ptolemy

    This marble statue depicts the Egyption Emperor Ptolemy who ruled over Ptolemais in the third century and who gave the city its name.

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  • Museum - Fountain

    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,...

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  • Museum - Staue of a gladiator

    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.

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  • Museum - Statue of Venus

    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...

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  • Museum - Medusa

    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...

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  • Museum - Four Seasons Mosaic

    The central room in the msuem is dominated by the fabulous Four Seasons mosaic which was found in a villa on the site.Starting from the top left and going in a clockwise direction, you can see Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn.

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  • Baths

    These Byzantine public baths date from around the 5th century. The depression in the middle of the picture would have been the frigidarium, or cold bath.

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  • Marble floor

    Along the length of the Monumental Street, fragments of marble can still be seen on the floor - the whole street would once have been covered like this.

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  • Monumental Street

    The monumental Street (decumanus maximus) was once lined with colonnaded arcged porticos along the whole length of the street, both sides. It must have abeen quite a sight.

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  • Cisterns

    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.

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  • Forum

    The Greek agora (marketplace) later served as the Roman Forum. Along the northern side were three temples, each with four Doric columns, some of which retain their bases to this day.

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  • Private Palace

    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...

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  • Greek Theatre no more

    During the 3rd and the 4th century, the theatre was used as a bathing pool, and you cans till see the ducts leading the water to the pool.

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  • Greek Theatre

    This Greek Odeon or Music Hall was once covered with a roof and could seat up to 500 people. Performances of Greek music would be accompanied by dancing. The statues of Claudius, Marcus Aurelius Antonius and Archimedes which were once found here are now in the museum.

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  • Villa of Four Seasons

    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...

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  • Arch of Contantine

    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.

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Athar Tulmaythah Restaurants

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    by grets Written Mar 12, 2005

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    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.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

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