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Leptis Magna

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Lepcis/Leptis Magna (Λέπτις ἡ Μεγάλη) was a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Tripolitania, part of modern Libya (not to be confused with Leptis Minor in Tunisia). The city was founded in the 7th century BCE and greatly expanded in the 1st century CE, becoming a colonia in 109 CE under Trajan. Epigraphic evidence attests to the rise and decline of the city. Septimius Severus, a native, constructed buildings and structures: basilica, new forum and harb…

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