If you listened to my recent podcast I spoke with Maria LLoyd about both Leptis Magna and the Roman Emperor, Septimius Severus. Here are some notes, details, images and extra reading. Plus I have put the episode in here as well.
Just in case you haven’t subscribed you can find the Ancient History Hound podcast on most platforms. Here’s the episode
If you want to find Maria on twitter you can do so via @mariatlloyd and you can also find Maria on Linkedin. There is also Maria’s website. So if you want to ask any questions about Leptis or Severus you can easily contact her.
In case you weren’t aware where Leptis was, or is, here’s a map.
These days the ruins are spectacular, though I’m not sure they can be safely visited. As Maria pointed out on the podcast it grew into a very important city. The below illustration helps give some scale.
I wrote a blog piece on the Garamantes, you can read it here.
In the episode I mentioned the Phoenicians who probably settled what became Leptis. They set up trading posts and settlements across the Mediterranean as you can see here. If you’ve been to southern Spain there are several settlements (including Cadiz).
Further reading (and sources I used).
Carthage must be destroyed, Richard Miles
Carthage, Serge Lancel
Praetorian, Guy de la Bedoyere
The Severan Buildings of Lepcis Magna, B. Ward-Perkins
From the Mediterranean to the Libyan Sahara. Chemical analyses of Garamantian glass.
Chloë N. Duckworth,1a David J. Mattingly1 and Victoria C. Smith2
Marine resource exploitation in the cities of coastal Tripolitania, Andrew Wilson
Roman ports and Mediterranean Connectivity, Andrew Wilson, Katia Schorle & Candace Rice.
The Garamantes and Sub-Saharan Trade: An examination of Trans-Saharan Garamantian Influence, Merlijn Veltman
The Lepcitanian landscape across the ages: the survey between Ras el-Mergheb and Ras el-Hammam (2007, 2009, 2013) By Massimiliano Munzi, Fabrizio Felici, Jabar Matoug, Isabella Sjöström and Andrea Zocchi. Libyan Studies 47 (2016), pp 67–116
Urban production in the Roman world: The view from North Africa, Andrew Wilson