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Leptis

Leptis (lĕp´tĬs), ancient city of Libya, E of Tripoli. It was founded (c.600 BC) by Phoenicians from Sidon. Annexed (46 BC) to the Roman province of Africa, it flourished as an important port under the Romans, particularly during the reign of Septimius Severus (who had been born in Leptis). Some of the most impressive ruins of Roman Africa are there, including walls, baths, arches, temples, and forums. The city is also known as Lepcis. It is sometimes called Leptis Magna to distinguish it from another Leptis, S of Hadrumetum, in present Tunisia.

See K. B. Matthews, Jr., Cities in the Sand (1957).

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Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna an ancient seaport and trading centre on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, near present-day Al Khums in Libya. Founded by the Phoenicians, it became one of the three chief cities of Tripolitania and was later a Roman colony under Trajan. Most of its impressive remains date from the reign of Septimius Severus (ad 193–211), a native of the city.

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